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Illinois' Stoller: As violent crime rises, we must "ensure that our police are adequately funded"

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State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Peoria) has called for strong police funding and support in response to rising Illinois crime rates, a Thursday Facebook post said.

"As violent crime continues to spike throughout the state, we must not only ensure that our police are adequately funded but we must also implement policies that supports law enforcement officers and provides them with the tools they need to fight violent crimes," Stoller said in the post. He also added a link to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed release titled "Defunding the Police and Consequences."

In an April Rock Island Today report, Stoller spoke out against a budget bill that provided tax breaks for Illinoisians, commenting that it didn't do enough for the state's financial security and instead was just "kicking the can down the road."

"Already billions of dollars in debt, already having higher taxes on our employers, already having employees in that situation having reduced benefits when we enter a recession and have the related spike in unemployment," he said in Today. "Other states that took action are not going to be in that position. They're going to be in a position to take care that their employees who need unemployment benefits in their time of need, but we are shortchanging ours.

"Kicking the can down the road doesn't solve our problems. Delaying action doesn't solve our problems. In fact, it's these delays that got us in the mess that we are in in the first place and I do not think we should be heading down that path."

Senate Bill 157 passed the Senate in early April with only one "no" vote, and it passed the House unanimously. Despite the passage, many Republicans have voiced their frustration with the bill.

"Let's call this budget what it really is — an attempt to buy your vote," Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) said in a WTTW news report, quoted by Today. "While some tax relief is better than none at all, Illinoisans deserve real relief instead of bigger government."

First elected in 2021, Stoller has served on the Environment and Conservation Committee and the Senate Higher Education Committee; the Illinois Senate said. He is a resident of Germantown Hills.

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