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Peoria County Sheriff’s Office and Jail has lost 19 employees since January

PEORIA (HOI) - Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said Friday they've lost 19 employees since January 1st. A monumental Criminal Justice Reform Bill was signed by Governor JB Pritzker in February.

Asbell said he expects "quite a few more" departures in the short term. He calls the exodus "predictable collateral damage" as law enforcement practices have been placed under more scrutiny. This has been nationwide stemming from the Police involved death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May 2020.

This has led to Peoria County "hitting recruitment hard." In several posts on Facebook, they have announced sign on bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for experienced patrol officers and corrections officers.

Tazewell County Sheriff Jeffrey Lower said Friday they've seen 3 Sheriff's Deputies retire already this year. And two more are set to retire in April and June. He said typically they may have one Deputy retire per year.

Lower said they've also had two corrections officers retire already in 2021.

In addition to Criminal Justice Reform already passed, several proposed bills would affect policing in Illinois if passed.

House Bill 724 is sponsored by Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II (D), Chicago. This bill in Executive Committee would make all members of the General Assembly "conservators of the peace" or in other words, police officers.

The proposal would require members of the Illinois General Assembly to successfully complete a training course administered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board.

House Bill 3913 was introduced by Rep. Justin Slaughter (D), Chicago in February. If passed, the bill would amend the code of corrections to allow a child sex offender to reside within 250 feet of a school building, playground, or childcare facility. Currently, child sex offenders must register their residence and are prohibited from living within 500 feet of such properties.

Additionally it would remove the requirement for registration if a convicted child sex offender doesn't have a permanent address.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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