State Journal-Register: Crime was a big topic for lawmakers this spring. What did they accomplish in their last week?

Democrats at the Illinois Capitol have spent the past several weeks trying to put together a package of bills relating to policing and crime in the state. 

The set of bills includes a variety of measures which direct more funds to police departments, adjusts the criminal code and tweaks existing law around public safety. 

“We passed a public safety package that addresses very real concerns in our communities while also targeting the root causes of violence,” said House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, in his last words during the legislature’s spring session. “We had to address it holistically. That’s what we did here this session.” 

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