(Chicago, IL) — The Illinois Senate is advancing a bill to get tougher on repeat gun offenders. Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had lobbied for the bill that lengthens suggested sentences for frequent gun offenders. Opponents say it would add to prison overcrowding, but the sponsor, Senator Kwame Raoul of Chicago, disagrees. He says it won’t put an addtional minority person in prison, but will help to protect those minority people who are shooting victims. Superintendent Johnson has claimed that gangbangers don’t see the current law as much of a threat, so they don’t think twice about shooting at rivals.
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