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Bailey outlines public safety ideas

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From a Darren Bailey press conference yesterday

When I’m Governor, this is how we will restore law and order across Illinois: For starters, we’ll stop trying to make the police the enemy and we’ll start working with them to keep innocent people safe. We will repeal the SAFE-T Act and we will reinstate cash bail everywhere all across the state. We will repeal limits on pretrial detention for violent criminals. We will surge police support and work with city leadership to find solutions. We will prioritize state funds to hire and retain officers. We will increase signing and retention bonuses for police statewide. We will support police and end anonymous sworn complaints against them. We will support local ordinances to provide scheduling and mental health release for law enforcement. And we will send a strong message to criminals by increasing penalties for individuals who assault law enforcement and reinstate the death penalty for convicted cop killers.

When told that the governor had announced a new ISP regional headquarters in East St. Louis that day and that $250 million in grants were being made available ofr anti-violence programs, Bailey said

That’s all we ever hear for solutions in Illinois, more money, more spending. And that more money and that more spending never comes with more accountability and more transparency. So all this man’s done is continuing to spend and waste taxpayers money, throwing it at the four winds. We don’t even have the infrastructure to fill a new state police office. We’ve got to start dealing with this.

* Pritzker press conference remarks in East St. Louis

I want to give special recognition to Director Brendan Kelly and his team at the Illinois State Police. They have demonstrated their dedication to safety here and across the entire state from day one that we the ISP in total by adding troopers modernizing the technology and tools necessary and upgrading equipment and facilities to support law enforcement. Today’s announcement is funded in large part by our Rebuild Illinois capital plan, which includes $120 million for ISP facilities, the largest investment of its kind in state history. Other historic investments at ISP include hiring substantial additional personnel for the Division of Forensic services and acquiring state of the art robotics and software to speed up drug and DNA evidence turnaround time. We are designing and building a new state of the art crime lab in Joliet, Illinois, and we are opening a new lab in Decatur, increasing even further our ability to handle cases. We’re filling those jobs with best in class experts starting at the newly established ISP Forensic Science Institute at the newly expanded Belleville educational campus, another really great development at the Illinois State Police. And this year, I’m directing the highest funding ever to supporting new ISP Cadet classes so that we add significant numbers to the ranks of state troopers. That’s vital to keeping all of our communities safe. Of course whatever policies and procedures we implement, are only as good as the folks who see it through. And the men and women of the Illinois State Police are the best in the nation.

Please excuse all transcription errors.

       

20 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 10:25 am:

    ===And this year, I’m directing the highest funding ever to supporting new ISP Cadet classes so that we add significant numbers to the ranks of state troopers.===

    ===…throwing it at the four winds===

    The wind Senator Bailey is referring to blows from north to south in Illinois. PS: you’re welcome.


  2. - 48th Ward Heel - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 10:30 am:

    ==We will surge police support and work with city leadership to find solutions. We will prioritize state funds to hire and retain officers. We will increase signing and retention bonuses for police statewide. We will support police and end anonymous sworn complaints against them..==

    Darned if that doesn’t sound like, I dunno, more taxpayer money and less accountability.


  3. - Chicagonk - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 10:39 am:

    The state needs a better approach to juvenile justice. They took away incarceration as an option for most juvenile justice cases without providing a viable alternative. Arrest and release is not a strategy for reducing crime.


  4. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 10:46 am:

    “And we will send a strong message to criminals by increasing penalties” Boom, there it is. “Sending a message.” The emptiest platitude outside of “common-sense” and “bipartisan.”


  5. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 10:49 am:

    =more money, more spending. And that more money and that more spending never comes with more accountability and more transparency.=

    So bailey wants to add police and all that other stuff for free?

    And, by his own statement, seems to be in favore of police accountability even though he contradicted himself in a previous statement?

    Which is it Mr. bailey? More cops and fewer rules or fewer cops and more rules?

    = They took away incarceration as an option for most juvenile justice cases =

    Yeah, like in 2000. Keep up.

    Af you think rural judges are somehow different and old school, you would be wrong.


  6. - H-W - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 10:50 am:

    Bailey says, I am going to create overcrowding in jails and prisons. He intends to create hell on earth for convicts (and the people who must work with them). He then argues he is going to spend lots of new money on police. I assume he will also spend tons of money on the prison system and county jails, since he is going to create overcrowding conditions.

    So then Bailey complains that the Governor is spending (”wasting”) money on creating a new State Police facility.

    Just nutty.


  7. - Friendly Bob Adams - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 11:14 am:

    Didn’t think there would ever be a headline containing the words “Bailey” and “ideas”….


  8. - Sterling - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 11:21 am:

    Nothing says “freedom” and “small government” like “we need to increase pre-trial detentions (unless you can bail yourself out)”


  9. - Give Us Barabbas - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 11:22 am:

    It’s a transparent play to police unions and local departments with a “good old boy” culture, and by extension, the racial injustice they perpetuate. Nothing to do with actual crime. It’s all very obvious code for “keeping those people in their place and out of your neighborhoods”.


  10. - Roadrager - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 11:30 am:

    ==Nothing says “freedom” and “small government” like “we need to increase pre-trial detentions (unless you can bail yourself out)”==

    That’s what public-private partnerships are for, friends.


  11. - Anotheretiree - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 11:36 am:

    He forgot “Stop and Frisk”


  12. - AlfondoGonz - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 11:44 am:

    “They took away incarceration as an option for most juvenile justice cases.”

    I was in the Juvenile Justice Bureau of the CCSAO for the past 2 years. This comment is utter nonsense.


  13. - Cool Papa Bell - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 11:47 am:

    =We don’t even have the infrastructure to fill a new state police office=

    How many ISP officers were hired under the last Republican Governor? How many have been hired under the current Democrat Governor?

    I’m sure he was just moments away from saying he’d have the National Guard patrolling streets in Cook County the day after he was sworn in.


  14. - Dotnonymous - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 12:18 pm:

    Who are “We”?


  15. - MoralMinority - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 1:07 pm:

    ==we will send a strong message to criminals by increasing penalties for individuals who assault law enforcement==Does this include those who assaulted police officers at the US Capitol on January 6, 2020, Darren, or are they exempt because they were “patriots” there to protest election fraud?


  16. - Pundent - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 2:28 pm:

    There’s no cogent policy in any of the positions that Bailey takes. It’s simply an attempt to use the buzz words that his constituents are looking to hear even if his “plan” is full of contradictory statements.


  17. - MoralMinority - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 3:20 pm:

    ==at the US Capitol on January 6, 2020==Obviously should have been 2021 instead of 2020. My bad.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 3:45 pm:

    The problem is Bailey doesn’t vote for budgets.

    What exactly is the idea of funding when Bailey refuses to vote to fund the state?


  19. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Sep 7, 22 @ 6:16 pm:

    =The problem is Bailey doesn’t vote for budgets.=

    Mic drop. Why does he even care his answer in the past has been “No”?

    Excellent and sick burn OW. Spot on.


  20. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 8, 22 @ 7:06 am:

    - JS Mill -

    Appreciate that. Thanks.

    I’d appreciate Bailey supporting out state but voting for things as a Representative or Senator was not a Bailey thing.

    Be well.


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