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Chicago Continues Catch and Release: No One Sentenced Under New Gun Law

Sun-Times 9 June 2018 No Comment

The aim of the law was simple: Repeat gun offenders in Illinois would face tougher sentences.

But a Chicago Sun-Times review of sentences in Cook County since that new law took effect in January has found that no one is actually being hit with those stiffer sentences.


There hasn’t been a single case in Cook County in which a judge has meted out those extended sentences that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Eddie Johnson pushed for and that they and sponsor Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, said would happen under the law.

That’s according to a Sun-Times examination of the first four months under the repeat gun-offender measure that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law last summer.

The law was proposed after the shooting death in 2013 of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago honors student gunned down at a park on the South Side a week after performing as a majorette with her King College Prep classmates at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. The measure didn’t go anywhere then because of concerns it was too harsh and would fill prisons with young, black men.

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