May 25, 2012

Statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Senate Passage of House Bill 1907

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

I commend the Illinois State Senate on the passage of House Bill 1907 - a critical tool that will give local law enforcement the power to prosecute gang leaders for crimes that they ordered others to commit. I'd like to thank State Senator Tony Munoz, State Representative Mike Zalewski and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez for their leadership on this important legislation that will close loopholes that have allowed violent gang leaders to escape punishment for their crimes.  If someone wants to be part of a gang, we will hold them responsible for the actions of the entire gang.  This law sends a clear message: the streets of Chicago belong to the law-abiding residents of Chicago.  I urge the House to act swiftly in concurring with the Senate.