Sheriff Bill Prim’s Reaction to Governor Pritzker’s Signing of Criminal Law Changes

From McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim:

Sheriff Prim’s Statement on Governor Signing HB 3653

Governor JB Pritzker signed the criminal justice reform legislation package into law.

Bill Prim

The provisions of this new law contain sweeping changes to the Illinois criminal justice system that will have a measurable impact on law enforcement and the public.

This law passed through the legislature under the cover of darkness [literally, in the early morning hours], with no ability for additional insight.

Since January, we have had a team of our leadership and attorneys digesting this bill to fully understand its effects and implementations.

We are currently in compliance with many of the mandates and will continue to study this law to gain additional insight.

During my 38 years of service in law enforcement, I have never seen such a blatant move to obstruct an entire, honorable profession that will end up hurting law-abiding citizens the most.

I desire the passing of trailer bills that will provide clarity, direction, and will work to repair the consequences of this bill.

The Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving the people of McHenry County, preserving safety, and remaining within full compliance with the law.


Sheriff Bill Prim’s Reaction to Governor Pritzker’s Signing of Criminal Law Changes — 18 Comments

  1. Perpetrators will be more willing and capable of abusing their victims.

  2. Just wait until you or one of your family members is a victim of a crime.

    The law will not be on your side.

  3. So anyone can set up a chair, maybe have a BBQ in the back or front yard of anyone else, and not be forced to leave by the Po-Po, nor even be arrested for such a trespass?

    You can see where this is heading–the property owner being trespassed then decks the goof, gets arrested and sued.

    Keep it up Guv.

    Maybe folks should camp out on your properties.

    Stalkers,Strangers, Harrassers, Vagrants, Homeless take note—lots of new property to lounge out and hang out in.

    I hope Prim and other MC Chiefs can add a little sanity to this.

  4. Buy a gun.

    Better still,

    buy 2 guns.

    Get ammo.

    ake courses and lerarn to use them properly.

    Get a CCP and carry it legally.

    Get insurance in case you Do shoot someone.

    The law is NOT on your side.

  5. House Bill 3653 of Illinois

    There were 22 sponsors of the Bill, all Democrats. 13 are Representatives and 9 are Senators.

    Sponsor locations by city:
    15 from Chicago
    1 each from towns near Chicago: Evanston, Oak Park, Hillside, Summit, Downers Grove
    1 from Urbana
    1 from Rockford

    Sponsor locations by County:
    19 from Cook County
    1 from DuPage County
    1 from Champaign County
    1 from Winnebago County

    NOTE that there are 102 Counties in Illinois. Only 4 Counties had representation through sponsorship. The other 98 Counties had no representation.

    This Bill should not be considered legitimate in that it lacked representation from most of the State of Illinois. There were ONLY 3 sponsors (of 22) from outside the County of Cook.

    It also lacked proportional diversity in that 68 percent of the sponsors were African Americans. Recent census data of Illinois indicates that only 14.6 percent of the population were African Americans.

    Diversity and Inclusion were sorely lacking in the sponsorship of this Bill.

  6. Liberal Democrats are evil.

    Look what is happening in NY with their kindness to criminals.

    On Jan. 1, a landmark New York law curtailing the use of cash bail went into effect, signaling a leap in a nationwide movement to reduce the number of people held in jails.

    But after less than a week under the new system, elected officials are already having second thoughts, rattled by stories of suspects’ being set free and committing new crimes ─ including that of a woman accused of an anti-Semitic attack in New York City.

  7. Hearing some white dude complain about laws are unfair because white people are not adequately represented is really really really something.

    “It also lacked proportional diversity in that 68 percent of the sponsors were African Americans. Recent census data of Illinois indicates that only 14.6 percent of the population were African Americans.”

    This floors me!

    Mr. Bred Whiner, 80% of Congress is white you whiner.

    You should check out the current and historical makeup of the United States Senate just using the last 20-30 years.

    7 black senators in total over the last 20 years (that includes Roland Burris) and 8 black senators in total over the last 30 years.

    Currently the makeup of black senators is 3%.

    Bred Whiner whining about how white people can’t get proper representation.

    As an aside, sponsors do not indicate the total support but the counties from which the sponsors live make up “most of Illinois”

    Cook County population is 5,198,275
    DuPage County population is 929,060
    Winnebago County population is 284,819
    Champaign County population is 209,922

    6,622,076 million people is most of the 12.67 million in the state.

  8. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama as the junior senator from Illinois.

    The appointment was controversial, as the governor was already under investigation and there were rumors of him being paid for the appointment.

    Burris succeeded Obama as the U.S. Senate’s only African American member.[3]

    He was briefly a candidate for election to a full term but withdrew before the Democratic primaries in the 2010 elections.

  9. ** This Bill should not be considered legitimate in that it lacked representation from most of the State of Illinois. **


    You’re hilarious.

    You truly are confused about how this all works.

    Also, just looking at sponsors and not actual votes is a pretty absurd way to look at “representation” on a bill.

  10. Here’s a great idea>>>>>

    Requiring body cameras for cops. Sounds good!

    Lets expand it to all Illinois politicians as well, required to be running at all times.

  11. After almost 10 years of improvement, public corruption in Illinois spiked in 2019, and the state remains the second most corrupt in the nation, while Chicago still is the most corrupt city, according to a new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    “We’re making progress, but we ought to be making progress a lot faster,” said former Chicago Alderman Dick Simpson, a political science professor at UIC and principal author of “Corruption Spikes in Illinois,” the 13th anti-corruption report produced by the university since 2009.

    Simpson said federal charges in 2020 against several people in the ongoing bribery investigation involving Commonwealth Edison and former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan likely will contribute to the city and state’s corruption rankings in years to come.

    Madigan, 78, a Chicago Democrat who resigned his House seat last week, lost his bid for another two-year term as House speaker in January. Madigan had been speaker for 36 of the past 38 years. He hasn’t been charged in the ComEd investigation and has denied wrongdoing.

    The probe has resulted so far in the indictment of four people on criminal charges that allege bribery conspiracy, bribery and willfully falsifying ComEd books and records as part of a scheme to win Madigan’s support for legislation benefiting the utility.

    Pritzker signs controversial criminal justice reform bill

    The UIC report cites more-recent instances of alleged corruption but ranks Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area in 2019 based on the latest available U.S. Department of Justice data on public corruption convictions.

    From 1976 to 2019, Illinois had 2,152 federal convictions, making it the second-most corrupt state on a per-capita basis, behind Louisiana, the report said. Even though the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) isn’t a state, it had a per-capita public corruption conviction rate that was six to 10 times higher than either Louisiana or Illinois.

    California, New York and Florida had more convictions than Illinois in the 43-year period, but their populations are larger.

    Illinois had 32 total corruption convictions in 2019, including 26 from the Chicago-based Northern District.

    Even though convictions declined in recent years, the Chicago area’s cumulative total of 1,770 convictions, with an average of 42 convictions each year, made it the most corrupt in the nation, the report said.

    Second place was the Los Angeles metropolitan area, with a total of 1,588 convictions, or an average of 37 per year, followed by New York/Manhattan, with 1,361 convictions or 32 per year; the Miami area, 1,234 or 29 per year; and Washington, D.C., 1,199 or 28 per year.

  12. John Revere, why do you count jews as White?

    They don’t; so why should we?

  13. Long Tome Resident,

    Two reasons.

    One, religion and race are not the same thing.

    Two, it’s because I am not a Nazi.


  14. Shalom my brothers and sisters —

    Let me help you a bit.

    Judaism is a religion because it is a belief or worship of a god similar to Christianity (the same god, Christians just believe he had offspring whose race is a subject of debate.

    A Jew can be of any race (White, Black, Asian, Hispanic etc.) much like a Christian.

    Nationality would be the nation to which one belongs such as the United States otherwise generically referred to as America.

    Race is a division of people by physical traits, often tied to ancestry.

    If you hate or degrade anyone because of their religion, nationality or race you are a bigot.

    I trust this helps alleviate the confusion among many of you.

    With love,

    Your Friendly Mesopotamian American

  15. HB 3653 will eliminate cash bail at some date in the future. Today, a man was charged with aggravated DUI for crashing his vehicle into a stalled car on the shoulder of an expressway in a NW suburb last weekend. Four persons in that car were killed as a result. Two adult sisters and one each of their children.

    The DUI driver was ordered held on a $450,000 bail by a judge.

    When the bail part of HB3653 takes effect, an incident such as described above will not require cash bail.

    What do the grieving relatives and friends of future incidents such as last weekend feel about abolishment of cash bail and HB 3653?

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