Decatur, Ill (WAND) – State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, will make another attempt at getting a crime bill, with tough sentences, passed in Spring session of the Illinois General Assembly.

Rose made a previous attempt in the fall veto session but his measure was blocked by the Democratic controlled legislature. Since that time Rose says violence against cops and the citizens of central Illinois has only increased.

“Everything from shootings at school buses, to police officers, to school children, this has got to stop,” Rose told WAND News. “We’ve had countless more deaths and murders and homicides.”

Rose wants to go after repeat felons who are armed with guns. Rose is calling for first time offenders to get a mandatory ten-year sentence. A second time felon in possession of a gun conviction would result in a mandatory life sentence.

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