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posted: 11/17/2013 5:00 AM

Mandatory sentencing bill deserved to fail

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I am writing to express three concerns.

1) When are the police going to start enforcing two state laws? There is a law that says you must have your headlights on when you have to use your windshield wipers. I almost had a head-on crash on the highway when it was raining. Is it worth your life or someone else's because you are too lazy to turn your lights on?

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2) It is against the law to have the driver's window and the front passenger window tinted dark enough to not see in. Yet we see it all the time on vehicles.

3) Daily Herald had a big editorial about the mandatory three-year jail sentence law for gun crimes that failed to pass. The NRA and the ISRA would have backed it if it had said repeat felons. The way it was written, it could have a law-abiding person get jail time for forgetting his FOID card. It was aimed at the law-abiding and concealed-carry people.

How do I know that? Every day we let gangbangers back on the street who were caught with guns. Do we see a contradiction in our efforts here? That made it a bad bill, but you didn't mention a word about that in your editorial. The bill deserved to die!

Don Bekeleski

Elk Grove Village

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