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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives has unanimously approved legislation giving courts the discretion to require offenders convicted of making a prank 911 call or other false emergency alarm to police to reimburse the public for the costs of responding to the report, a trend known as “swatting”. The legislation, House Bill 3988, is sponsored by State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) and co-sponsored by Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Chicago).

Swatting is the act of tricking an emergency service into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an ongoing critical incident; such as an armed robbery, fire, or assault, for example. Prank 911 calls and false reports to police cost emergency response agencies throughout Illinois both in terms of money and, more importantly, in time. Examples that have taken place include the deployment of bomb squads, SWAT units and other police units and the evacuations of schools and businesses based on prank calls.
Rep. Anthony welcomed Plano Middle School students to the State Capitol in Springfield on Friday, April 17.

SPRINGFIELD – Two House Republican legislators with law enforcement backgrounds advanced separate criminal justice reform bills in the Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday aimed at strengthening the ability of current and former inmates who complete an educational degree during their sentence to gain employment upon re-entering the community.

The House approved HB 3884, sponsored by Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield), which increases from 60 days to 90 days the length of service credit an eligible offender can earn by completing their high school equivalency testing while in the custody of the Department of Corrections. HB 3884 passed the House by a vote of 95-19 with overwhelming bipartisan support.
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-75th) has been appointed to the board of the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC), a nonpartisan group of 18 state and local criminal justice system stakeholders including legislators, retired judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, corrections and court officials, law enforcement, victims' rights advocates, and academics. SPAC reports directly to the Governor and the General Assembly.

The mission of SPAC is to review current sentencing policies and practices and examine how they impact the criminal justice system as a whole in the State of Illinois. In carrying out its duties, SPAC aims to achieve the purposes of sentencing in Illinois, which are to:

·         Prescribe sanctions proportionate to the seriousness of the offenses and permit the recognition of differences in rehabilitation possibilities among individual offenders.
·         Prevent the commission of offenses.
·         Prevent arbitrary or oppressive treatment of persons adjudicated offenders or delinquents.
·         Restore offenders to useful citizenship.
Morris, IL – State Representative John Anthony to host an Illinois w/optional Utah conceal carry class with SAFE Gun Permits.

The class will be held at 2300 N. Verona Road, Morris on June 6th and 7th 2015.

Any 12 or 16 hour student attending will automatically be enrolled in the NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Course and be provided a separate certificate.   SAFE Gun Permits LLC is proud to have Representative Anthony host our class. State Representative Anthony has been an instrumental supporter of our second amendment rights here in Illinois and with his constituents.
COAL CITY – Area residents are encouraged to sign-up to donate blood at an upcoming Blood Drive to be held at Coal City United Methodist Church from 10:00am – 3:00pm on Monday, April 27. The Blood Drive is sponsored by State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) with the American Red Cross. Those interested in donating blood should call Rep. Anthony’s office to schedule an appointment at (815) 416-1475 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.