Expanding Protections for Persons with Disabilities - SB 2265

Chief House Sponsor

The measure expands the Amber Alert system to include individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities that go missing. Previously state law allowed police to issue "Amber Alerts" for missing children and "Silver Searches" to help locate missing senior citizens; however, no emergency notice could be issued when a non-senior adult with a developmental disability went missing. Passage of this bill will change that by making this addition. The law becomes effective January 1, 2019.

Expanding Protections for Survivors of Domestic Abuse - SB 2330

Chief House Sponsor 

Allows survivors of domestic violence, stalking or criminal conduct to legally change their name without leaving a paper trail that can be followed by an abuser by providing authority to courts to waive the current name change publishing requirement. The bill was signed into law on August 10, 2018.

Removing Police Citation Quotas in Chicago - SB 3509

Chief House Sponsor

The bill was signed into law on August 20, 2018. Years ago, municipalities across the state were banned from requiring police officers to fill a citation quota, however, the City of Chicago was exempted from this. Several law enforcement advocate groups claim that quotas do not provide adequate personnel performance information, and other police departments have not experienced problems because of the removal of citation quotas.