SPRINGFIELD… State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) released the following statement after the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the end of cash bail as contained in the controversial SAFE-T Act.
“Illinois will be the first in the nation to utilize the no cash bail system at a time when crime in our state also remains top of the nation. This is thanks to the radical leftist progressive agenda being foisted on the people of Illinois by Democrat Governor JB Pritzker and supermajority Democrats in the House and Senate.
“This decision is disappointing but is not surprising given the Democrat-stacked supreme court, which is another direct result of gerrymandered maps here in Illinois.
“Over the past three years, grandstanding Illinois Democrats were able to hide behind rhetorical platitudes justifying their complete overhaul of our criminal justice system, but we will now start seeing the full extent of these implemented poor public policies that will not keep our families safe.
“As the problems with the law were revealed, it was amended again and again to try to fix problems that Republican lawmakers and law enforcement officials predicted would and did happen. The SAFE-T Act has done nothing to reduce violent crime affecting our neighborhoods since it was passed in January 2021.
“We must strike a balance between keeping our neighborhoods safe, protecting citizens’ rights, protecting victims of crime, and respecting law enforcement. House Republicans have brought forward comprehensive solutions to make our state a better and safer place to live, work, and raise a family.
“After seven years of massive issues with many of the provisions implemented during the failed tenure of Cook County States Attorney Foxx, I sure hope the Democrat leaders are ready to take full responsibility for the negative consequences of this public safety experiment.”