Senator Elgie Sims and his family. He’s outraged that a felon who threatened him with an illegally carried and possessed gun was released on just $1500 bail thanks to the Illinois Affordable Bail law he voted for… Image courtesy of his Facebook page.
Once upon a time not so long ago, Democrat State Senator Elgie Sims supported a bill to “reform” our cash bail system. He voted to set bail not based upon the seriousness of the crime but upon the offender’s ability to pay. They called it “affordable bail.”
But everything wasn’t happily ever after. Affordable wasn’t good enough for the soft-on-crime Chicago pol. So he sponsored a bill to eliminate cash bail altogether in the Land of Lincoln. That bill passed last session and the governor signed it into law. However, the “no cash bail” provisions don’t kick in for another year or two.
Now this same Democrat Senator Elgie Sims (who opposes our gun ownership rights) is outraged – OUTRAGED I tell you! – that a felon illegally possessing a handgun who threatened the good Senator in Springfield and was immediately released after posting a paltry $1500 bail.
You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
From CWB Chicago:
Senator who sponsored cash bail ban is outraged: Driver who threatened him with gun only had to post $1,500 to get out of jail
An Illinois state senator who sponsored recently-signed legislation that will eliminate cash bail in the state by 2023 is outraged that a man who allegedly flashed a gun at him while driving only had to post $1,500 to get out of jail.
“By him being released on bail, he’s free to do this again,” Sen. Elgie Sims of Chicago told the State-Journal Register.
Yet just last month Sims tweeted, “money bond doesn’t guarantee public safety or someone’s appearance in court, it supports a system where freedom is based on the size of someone’s bank account. We’ve tried the failed tough on crime polices [sic] of the past.”
The legislation Sims sponsored in January will soon prohibit Illinois judges from setting any cash bail except when the defendant “poses a real and present threat” to safety.
Funny how when the shoe is on the other foot, these high and mighty legislators have a very different take on public safety!
“By him being released on bail, he’s free to do this again,” said Democrat Sen. Elgie Sims.
No kidding, Sherlock.