Top Illinois Republicans say the way to keep streets safe is to crack down on gangs, not guns. House Republican Leader Tom Cross and GOP lawmakers have introduced bills that they say will confront the real danger in Chicago and elsewhere… the prevalence of gangs and gang activity.
One bill would increase the mandatory minimum penalty for gang-related gun violence from three to four years with no chance at probation. The other would expand gang recruitment laws by allowing someone to be prosecuted even if there is no sign that they used physical force to coerce someone into a gang.
The Republicans call the bills the “Protect Our Children” initiative.