ST. LOUIS -- Police and prosecutors are furious with Illinois lawmakers they say want to make it easier for burglars to stay out of jail.
Under current Illinois law, convicted burglars must go to prison. But House Bill 1205, which is under consideration, would allow judges to assign probation. It’s an idea that has police in the Metro East outraged.
“Don’t support it, don’t like it,” said Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz.
Illinois resident Wendy Ferguson says a man recently disabled her security camera, then broke into her house right through the front window.
“Why make it that easy for him, and it’s hard for us to live and be safe?” Ferguson wondered.
Hertz says the new bill under consideration is simply not logical. He believes burglaries are bound to increase even more if the bill becomes a law.
“Usually when you catch a residential burglar, you don’t catch that person after the first one,” he said.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says he’ll testify in front of a House committee on Thursday to object to the bill.
News 4 tried contacting the bill’s author, Rep. Constance Howard, for comment, but he did not return the calls.