Anytime an elected Democrat official in Chicago has a chance to take a swipe at the police they will. What we often see in politics is bold new ideas equaling mismanagement in the governing body over the matter at hand. Implementation of new policies being clouded by bureaucracy. Special interest stalling and stopping the wheels of progress. In this instance we look to Chicago’s current Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
My words are not intended to be harsh but exact. Mayor Lighfoot is asking for numerous reforms from the police unions in Chicago. Including a dangerous idea of making sure any police officer deemed “corrupt” by a court of law could never receive their pension. This would cause an Illinois constitutional crisis. See Article Xllll Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution below.
PENSION AND RETIREMENT RIGHTS Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired. (Source: Illinois Constitution.)
Mayor Lightfoot shows her lack of knowledge concerning the state constitution the same constitution she swore to uphold. While doubling down on anti-police rhetoric Mayor Lightfoot is asking for structural changes from the same police unions she is belittling! What we are seeing out of Chicago and Springfield Illinois politics is a double edge sword effect that is cutting into resources for surrounding counties and communities.
Do not think that ideas like this will fade away or stop here. In the future we will have to get out in front of them as a united people. Calling on our elected officials to uphold the Constitution of Illinois and the United States of America at all times in all cases.