SPRINGFIELD – Black members in the Illinois House have used a procedural measure to stop an anti-crime bill aimed at guns on city streets.
The House adjourned from its fall session shortly afterward. It took no action on the legislation sponsored by Rep. Michael Zalewski — a Riverside Democrat.
Chicago Democratic Rep. Kenneth Dunkin is head of the Legislative Black Caucus. He says he's worried the bill will sweep up thousands of young black men without helping them.
Dunkin requested he be provided information on the bill's effect, including its cost and impact on the prison system. The Department of Corrections did not file that information.
Zalewski could have asked the House to rule the information inapplicable — but it likely wouldn't have worked.
The bill is SB1342.