Preposterous Proposals at the Capitol

Included in the nearly 7,000 Senate and House bills that were filed this year are some measures that are strange, out of touch with reality, or just plain bad. These measures are being highlighted on the Senate Republicans’ list of “Preposterous Proposals.” At a time when legislators should be focusing on critical issues like ethics and pension reform, and ensuring a balanced budget for the next fiscal year, lawmakers will also consider these two gems:

Senate Bill 2115: Expands early release by increasing sentencing credits to allow violent offenders to serve less time in prison.

Senate Bill 649: Applies Illinois’ $15 minimum wage law to prisoners.

Jason Plummer

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