The Illinois Capitol’s New Window Dressing

25 06 2017

Springfield

C-Trib:

Rauner signs gun crime bill, favored by Emanuel, that cracks down on repeat offenders

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats orchestrated a brief reprieve from their fighting Friday as they touted a new law to crack down on repeat gun offenders.

Rauner inked his approval to the legislation at a hastily arranged signing ceremony in his Capitol office, a day after his staff accused Democrats of holding onto the bill in order to deny the governor a chance to celebrate the political accomplishment.

The governor called lawmakers to Springfield for a 10-day special session, during which Democrats have cast the governor as unwilling to negotiate and incapable of completing a political deal.

The new gun law was long sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose relationship with the governor also has been strained. Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson pushed the measure as a way to help reduce crime in the city.

The legislation changes gun sentencing laws so that instead of a range of three to 14 years for some repeat gun crimes, judges would hand out sentences of seven to 14 years. If they want to depart from that guideline, they will have to explain why.

All window dressing.

Two main reasons:

(1) Crook County judge hands out a less than seven year bit to repeat gun criminal N’Dindutavious, and in their required explanation why they’re departing from the guideline, he or she will say:  “Because.”

(2) Even if they all hand out the required minimum seven-year sentence in all those cases, remember, Illinois prison sentences aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.  Illinois state prisons are so overcrowded that second-degree murderers rarely do more than a single digit number of years even if they were sentenced to way more, and the overcrowding is forcing the Feds to swoop in and fish for various pretexts and hooks to interstate commerce to use to bring more Illinois garden variety (black) street crime into Federal criminal court;  for instance, the Hobbs Act, intended as a tool to crack down on mafia and labor union corruption, is now fairly often used to prosecute garden variety armed robberies of businesses (“violence or extortion that interferes with interstate commerce.”)  Applied to this matter, it’s as simple as this:  In the old system, “repeat gun criminal” Duh-Marcus got three years, but was out in six months.  In the new system, he’ll get seven years, but will be out in six months.

This is all part and parcel of Rahm trying to bullshit his way through the next election cycle for him (spring 2019) so he can get a third term and then be a three-time elected mayor of Chicago on top of White House Chief of Staff as he joins Andrew Cuomo, Kamala Harris, Mark Zuckerberg and Hillary Clinton in the 2020 Democrat Presidential field.

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2 responses

25 06 2017
Joshua Sinistar (@Joshua06716)

Rahm Dead Fish is probably already packing his little bag. Illinois ain’t getting no bailout. And ape city don’t take to Fish. His little dream of a fiefdom of his own died with Chapter 11.

26 06 2017
UlricKerensky

I figured he’s fishing for Sec of State or Treasury in the next administration. He can’t seriously think he can win a primary after BLM banned him from the Den conventoon, can He?




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