Today, I'm signing HB 3653, The Safe-T Act, into law. This police reform and accountability and criminal justice legislation is a substantial step toward dismantling systemic racism by bringing us closer to true safety, true fairness and true justice.

Here are the facts:
✖️MYTH: The bill endangers communities and emboldens criminals.

✔️FACT: It moves Illinois from a pretrial detention system which prioritizes wealth to one that prioritizes public safety. It also improves access to substance use programs and modernizes sentencing laws.
✖️MYTH: The bill defunds the police.

✔️FACT: It requires more investments into officer training, mental health and officer wellness, and the use of body worn cameras.
✖️MYTH: The bill is overly punitive of police officers.

✔️FACT: It expands training opportunities for officers and protects them from unjust lawsuits. It also sets statewide standards on force, crowd control, de-escalation and arrest techniques so officers have clarity.
✖️MYTH: The bill was rushed through without external input.

✔️FACT: It was the result of 9 public hearings, 30 hours of testimony and meetings with law enforcement, community members and advocates. It also focuses on the needs of crime victims, many of whom support the bill.

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22 Feb
This criminal justice package that I signed today helps make Illinoisans safer. We're advance our values in the law, because of the passion and push of the @IllinoisLBC, activists, and residents intent on leaving a better Illinois for all our children.
It achieves three priorities that @LtGovStratton and I outlined:

1⃣ Transform the pretrial detention system, which hurts low-income people while the wealthy walk free

2⃣ Divert low-level drug crimes into substance treatment programs

3⃣ Reduce excessive stays in prison
Already my administration has expunged 500K low level cannabis arrest records, pardoned 20K+, awarded tens of millions of dollars to lift up communities harmed by the war on drugs, and brought our state’s prison population down by about 25% since the beginning of the pandemic.
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Long before COVID-19, I set the goal of bringing broadband digital infrastructure to every corner of Illinois by 2024 through Connect Illinois, and I'm happy to report we are well on our way toward our goal of making broadband accessible for every Illinoisan.
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The pandemic has caused every state in the nation to face tremendous revenue shortfalls, and Illinois is no exception.

The loss of state tax revenue from COVID-19 will cost us in excess of $4 billion over two fiscal years.
I've worked with governors of both parties and spoken countless times with members of Congress to aggressively advocate for federal support to make up for the missing dollars that fund schools, pay caregivers and first responders & deliver essential services to residents in need.
On top of the damage the pandemic has wreaked on our state, Illinoisans know all too well that our fiscal health required intervention long before this. You might say this state suffered a two-year Republican-induced crisis before we ever got to COVID.
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Statewide, we have a real problem on our hands, and people’s lives hang in the balance.
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Local officials have a responsibility in this work as well. They are obligated to take action to keep their communities safe and to carry out the laws and regulations on the books.
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