A suburban Chicago mayor is slamming a “dangerous” Illinois law that is set to take effect in 2023, revealing that the law will end cash bail for numerous offenses including kidnapping, armed robbery and second-degree murder, and would even prohibit police from removing trespassers from residences and businesses.
Keith Pekau, mayor of Orland Park — a village located approximately one hour southwest of Chicago — blasted Illinois’ new Safety Accountability and Fairness Equity Today (SAFE-T) Act, going on a fiery rant about the consequences that the legislation will have on citizens of the state.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how dangerous this act is,” Pekau said.
The mayor went on to point out the sneaky way in which the legislation was passed.
“First, it was passed in the middle of the night, with 40 minutes to read an 800-page bill, which is unacceptable,” he said.
Pekau then listed all of the dangerous changes being made by the bill.
“As of January 1, 2023, the following things will go into effect — and people need to be aware of this,” he stressed. “It abolishes cash bail for almost every offense. This includes — but isn’t limited to — kidnapping, armed robbery, second-degree murder, drug-induced homicide, aggravated DUI, threatening a public official, and aggravated fleeing and eluding.”
“Offenders released on electronic monitoring have to be in violation for 48 hours before law enforcement can act,” Pekau added. “They could almost drive to Alaska before we can even look for them. It denies victims their constitutional rights. And keep this in mind, businesses and homeowners: officers will no longer be able to remove trespassers from your residence or your businesses. Someone could decide to live in your shed, and all we can do is give them a ticket. You have to decide what level of force is required to remove them and whether or not it’s legal.”
Someone could decide to live in your shed, & all law enforcement could do is give them a ticket. The SAFE-T Act is a massive threat to residents of Orland Park, Cook County, and Illinois. The legislature passed it, Pritzker signed it, & Casten has been silent. Vote accordingly.
— Keith Pekau (@KeithPekau) September 10, 2022
The mayor concluded that the so-called SAFE-T Act is a “massive threat” to local residents.
Democrats are defending the law — which opponents have now dubbed “The Purge law,” comparing it to 2013 horror movie The Purge — saying that it will help low-income individuals who are charged with crimes, but not convicted, by not locking them up with no ability to pay their bail.
When he signed the law in February of 2021, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said that it will have the effect of “transforming the pretrial detention system so low-income people aren’t thrown behind bars while only the wealthy walk free, diverting low-level drug crimes into substance-treatment programs, and reducing excessive stays in prison.”