Senate Bill 2590 stirs up some controversy with concerns about funding

Senate Bill 2590 stirs up some controversy with concerns about funding

Senate Bill 2590 has police departments across the state now concerned about the future of funding for training.

It started as a way to make it easier to assign and pay fees you may owe to the state; some departments are worried the changes could mean less money for funding training for police.

But Senate sponsor John Mulroe said it will not have a major effect on the funding levels.

“The calculations that we are relying on is going to have them at the same funding level if not more," Senator John Mulroe (D- Chicago) said.

But others, especially in law enforcement, are skeptical about the change.

“The confusion is legitimate because no one really knows we've tried to do an analysis they say they've done an analysis we've talked to neutral parties who have an interest in this and at the end everybody just kind of shrugs and says. 'we really can't say how this is going to turn out’," Executive Director of Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Ed Wojcicki said.

Wojcicki also said he does not feel that at this point anyone actually knows whether or not they are going to get more or less money after the changes are implemented.

The changes are looking to simplify the way fees and fines are distributed in the legislation.

But those who started the bill said this is an effort to make paying fees and fines less complicated.

"It's so cumbersome and all over the place to try and centralize any costs fees or fines related to criminal matters or civil matters," Mulroe (D- Chicago) said.

When asked, Mulroe said they are not looking to cut funding for law officials throughout the state.

"If there is some problem with their funding, we have a mechanism in place to make sure to bring them up to the current funding," Mulroe (D- Chicago) said.

The bill is in senate on its second reading and if it is to pass, Senator Mulroe said it will go into effect July of 2019.

There is also a repealer in the bill. If after 12 months, the funding is in fact, less than what the law enforcement agencies need, legislators can take away the bill. That would go into effect on December 31, 2020.

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