The Illinois General Assembly is voting on a dangerous bill, HB45. This means that any inmate, all convicted murderers serving 25 years or more for mass murder or horrific crimes like rape and murder of a child, etc - a chance at release when they reach the age of 50 which the bill calls "elderly", even if they are serving life without parole! Prisoners like Patricia Columbo who slaughtered her entire family in the name of love. Or the Ripper Murder Crew who murdered, raped and cannibalized more than 20 young women.
Victims families of these crimes have NOT been told of this bill .
PLEASE, we need phone calls and fax’s sent in to the Illinois Representatives listed below! It doesn’t matter if you are a resident of Illinois. These criminals will be out on our streets. Perhaps in your own neighborhoods, near tour relatives and children if we all don’t take a moment and “SAY NO TO HB 45”.
Be polite - be nice - appeal to their good nature - saying things like "I know that Representative SMITH will want to vote NO on HB 45 and would not want to see murderers sentenced to life without parole endangering all our families and the victims of these crimes put through hell".
But also be firm and emphatic - tell them this bill would require victim’s families who have NO idea this is coming and have not been told about this bill - retroactively it would completely RE-OPEN the sentencing in their cases 25 years after the life sentence or long term sentence for murder is given.
Tell them that this is the TOP priority for defeat for the statewide crime victims organization IllinoisVictims.org and that we will be working actively come the next election cycle to defeat any legislator who supports this bill and that we will turn out murder victims family members in the news media and in their districts to work to defeat them if they vote yes on HB 45.
States Attorneys oppose it. Law Enforcement opposes it. We are asking them to stand with victims and law enforcement against convicted murderers - these are all the worst of the worst - the ones sentenced to 25 years or more. The victim’s families and the taxpayers of Illinois are entitled to legal FINALITY in these cases and should not have to pay for a new hearing at 25 years to possibly let out a convicted murderer sentenced to life without parole. This bill means that the life without parole sentence for the worst offenses possible in Illinois would now become meaningless.
Tell them to vote NO on HB 45.
I have done the work here to get phone numbers for their offices - PLEASE EVERYONE we need a phone call this morning to each representative listed!
All numbers are 217-782 - and then the four numbers I have next to their name:
Chapa La Via, 1002
If you have an e-fax or a regular Fax their offices, or get their addresses, click on this link:http://www.ilga.gov/ and then go to HOUSE and MEMBERS - each Rep has a link to their own contact page.
NO on HB 45,
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for taking time to make these very important calls. This is our most important battle this entire year. Thousands of victim’s families who do not even know what is at stake here and have no voice are counting on us.