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Senate Criminal Law Committee passes Bomke bill to the Senate floor

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[February 19, 2010]  SPRINGFIELD -- State Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, and Chatham police officer Adam DeJaynes testified on behalf of Senate Bill 2488 Wednesday in the Senate Criminal Law Committee. The bill passed unanimously and is now headed to the Senate floor.

"Senate Bill 2488 will place tougher penalties on individuals who attempt to assault a police officer with a deadly weapon," Bomke said. "Currently a person is only charged with a misdemeanor if they are arrested for aggravated assault of a police officer; this bill would make the crime a Class 4 felony."

DeJaynes was confronted with an incident where he was attacked by a man wielding a meat cleaver. After the officer got control of the situation, he realized that he could only charge his would-be assailant with a Class A misdemeanor.

"When talking to Officer DeJaynes, he expressed to me concern over the fact that someone might be charged and released from jail for attempted assault on a police officer before the paperwork even becomes official," Bomke said. "SB 2488 makes the minimum penalty for aggravated assault on a peace officer one year in prison and a possible $25,000 fine."

If the legislation is signed into law, it would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2011.

"I appreciate Officer DeJaynes bringing this issue forward," Bomke said. "The bill is about keeping our officers and public safe."

[Text from file sent on behalf of Sen. Larry Bomke by Illinois Senate Republican staff]

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