Senator threatened by man with a gun while driving in Springfield

Senator threatened by man with a gun while driving in Springfield

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Illinois State Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr., D-Chicago, left talks with Illinois State Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, right, during debate on SB1863, a bill dealing with vote by mail and other changes for the 2020 election, on the floor of the Illinois Senate during session at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

A Chicago lawmaker says he feared for his life after being threatened with a gun while driving this week in Springfield.

Adding to the trauma and loss of sleep, state Sen. Elgie Sims said Thursday, was the fact that the man who allegedly threatened him Monday night was released from the Sangamon County Jail the next day after posting $15,000 bail.

“By him being released on bail, he’s free to do this again,” Sims said.

Sims was the Senate sponsor of legislation that will eliminate the state’s cash-bail system in two years. The legislation, which Gov. JB Pritzker signed in February, is designed to eliminate what many Democratic lawmakers call a bail system that unfairly benefits people with means and penalizes people for being poor because they often can’t afford to post bail.



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