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July 17, 2024

Bill Would Make General Assembly Conservators of the Peace; Grant Arrest Powers –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On March 6, 2021


A Bill introduced by Illinois State Representative Curtis J. Tarver, II, would make all State Representatives and State Senators Conservators of the Peace:

HB0724 – Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the General Assembly Organization Act. Provides requirements for members of the General Assembly to be conservators of the peace. Provides for the powers of members of the General Assembly as conservators of the peace. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act to make a conforming change.

Amends 25 ILCS 5/14 (NEW)

Sec. 14. Conservators of the peace. After receiving a certificate attesting to the successful completion of a training course administered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board as required under Section 10.5 of the Illinois Police Training Act, all members of the General Assembly shall be conservators of the peace. Those persons shall have power (i) to arrest or cause to be arrested, with or without process, all persons who break the peace or are found violating any municipal ordinance or any criminal law of the State, (ii) to commit arrested persons for examination, (iii) if necessary, to detain arrested persons in custody over night or Sunday in any safe place or until they can be brought before the proper court, and (iv) to exercise all other powers as conservators of the peace prescribed by State and corporate authorities.

This would set a dangerous precedent permitting law makers, to also be law enforcers, and subject the State to further legal actions for unlawful arrests.

Incidentally, this might also, by its nature, permit General Assembly members to carry weapons in state buildings, including the Capitol, while they work to restrict the Second Amendment rights of citizens.


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  • PK
    Posted at 18:52h, 06 March Reply

    I’m aghast! These so referred to as peacekeepers really ought to look into how well certain Public Acts are implemented and/or enforced. I’ve a sense foe the over-reliance on administrative officials to enact certain Public Acts, apparently without much concern for needed oversight nor the overall implementation quality. What doesn’t get measured in the Springfield Statehouse doesn’t get done in Illinois administration.

  • Nik Groothuis
    Posted at 18:57h, 06 March Reply

    What The Actual Heck???😲🙄🤷

  • PK
    Posted at 19:24h, 06 March Reply

    Furthermore, bad grief is the damn bill not even referencing (725 ILCS 5/107-3)!

  • Jim Tucker
    Posted at 21:50h, 06 March Reply

    Would increase the number of dirty cops in this state

  • A. Lincoln
    Posted at 08:12h, 07 March Reply

    Constitution of the State of Illinois



    The legislative, executive and judicial branches are
    separate. No branch shall exercise powers properly belonging
    to another.
    (Source: Illinois Constitution.)

    This bill is a clear violation of the Illinois Constitution and the Separation of Powers Doctrine upon the which the United States and Illinois were founded. Conservators of the peace are Executive Department officers. Rep. Tarvers, who allegedly is a licensed attorney, and a Legislative Department member and the attorneys in the Legislative Reference Bureau who crafted this bill ought to know better.

    If they ram it through anyway, as is the Illinois Way, they’ll need to wear video cameras like real police officers are mandated to do in the bill Gov. Pritzker just signed. In normal times those videos would be evidence for the FBI and U.S. Attorneys to watch. But, seeing as how it’s looking more and more like Mike Madigan will never be brought to justice, they’d probably be just entertainment.

    For a good read on the results of destructive forces at play when the Separation of Powers Doctrine is violated, read The Federalist Papers #47 and #48.

  • GW ONE
    Posted at 11:44h, 07 March Reply

    I guess this “representative” has never read the IL Constitution. Or, in the alternative maybe he wants to to destroy the separation of powers by combining the Executive and Legislative branches. If this concept became law, the important question is how many State Senators and State Representatives would be justly arrested by colleagues? Then, you wonder if Illinois legislators would carry guns, have FOID cards and conceal carry permits? Just maybe, the Chicago legislators think they can drive down the homicides in Chicago – good luck.. I’m not sure this idea ever becomes law but the mental competency of the Bill’s sponsor needs to subject to rigid psychology testing.

    • A. Lincoln
      Posted at 12:49h, 07 March Reply

      “The legislative department derives a superiority in our governments from other circumstances. Its constitutional powers being at once more extensive, and less susceptible of precise limits, it can, with the greater facility, mask, under complicated and indirect measures, the encroachments which it makes on the co-ordinate departments.”

      The Federalist #48

  • Mike
    Posted at 03:30h, 08 March Reply

    Pledge to vote for me or else….

  • John fuller
    Posted at 08:54h, 08 March Reply

    Secret state police, also know as Gestapo.

  • Roger
    Posted at 13:22h, 08 March Reply

    They just want handcuffs to use on each other. Nothing sinister, just kinky.

  • bb
    Posted at 05:59h, 09 March Reply

    As pointed out,this is Unconstitutional and illegal.Due process and seoaration of powers exist for good reason.someone needs to put him in check and disperse this redflag warning many basic Human rights have already been trampled.Flashmob a protest like the blantifa in front of his office and house.Massive email campaign pointing out his traitorous bill.

  • Ladee Libertee
    Posted at 15:39h, 09 March Reply

    If we the people do not start insisting that our elected officials who propose legislation such as this, that is in clear violation of the Constitutions of both our state and our country, be immediately removed from office for treason, they will keep getting bolder and stealing more and more of our freedoms until we have none left at all. This is an attempt to gradually overthrow our system of government from the inside and should be dealt with as such. Complaining about its illegality will get us nowhere. Write to your representatives, call their offices, and insist that his fellow lawmakers hold him accountable!

  • Carl Dodd
    Posted at 19:46h, 09 March Reply

    This is not the worst of it. They’re trying to pass a law where nobody can be a law enforcement officer unless the person applying to be a police officer ALREADY has a 4 year degree in sociology. Forget needing a police science degree or a degree in criminal justice because neither of those will even apply in Illinois at all.

    All other criteria becomes moot, void and useless in Illinois. Forget about military experience, prior police experience anywhere else and so on being applicable. The only people who can be hired to be cops will those with a 4 years sociology degree.

  • Tony
    Posted at 09:14h, 10 March Reply

    Should be a provision for the blatant unconstitutionality of bills like this…the rep whom proposes it ought to be immediately expelled from the legislature. Because it’s clear as day they’re too inept to be qualified for the job.

  • GW ONE
    Posted at 09:56h, 10 March Reply

    The problem is solved when Illinois is divided amongst surrounding states and Chicago is carved out of Illinois. Face it, the scary legislation is sponsored, then passed in large part by state reps and Senators from Chicago and the collar counties. Chicago and collar county voters love, even applaud, the junk legislation cranked out by those they continue to reelect. Illinois is the most corrupt, bankrupt, socialist, immoral and unsafe state in the Nation. 283,000 citizens, scared of the state government have left Illinois. That’s the only choice left for people who do not like bad state government, How sad.

  • Greg G
    Posted at 11:33h, 10 March Reply

    Typical Chicago democrat! This bill has absolutely no chance of getting out of committee, Unconstitutional, Would these police/legislators be required to wear body cameras and be subject to drug testing? Maybe they should concentrate on doing their legislative jobs and stay out of the police business.
    I got and idea how about working on reducing the deficit and paying down the backlog of bills. ?

  • Golden Country
    Posted at 07:22h, 12 March Reply

    Good and they should have to wear body cameras and follow all the other requirements that were just passed on the crime reformation bill. This will give citizens a good picture of the corruption that goes on in Illinois outside of the public eye.

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