The sponsor of the â€śmandatory minimumâ€ť gun crime bill hopes support from a former prosecutor is one change that will attract enough Yes votes.
State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) appeared with State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) to promote the revamped bill, which â€“ compared to an earlier version â€“ takes someone’s record more into consideration. The bill also, among other things, removes boot camp as a penalty for certain gun crimes.
Reboletti brought up this year’s shooting of 13 people in Chicago.
â€śBryon Champ was eligible for boot camp,â€ť he said, â€śand had he been sentenced to mandatory prison, he would not have been able to commit the shooting in Cornell Park.â€ť
SB 1342 has passed the House Judiciary Committee.