Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird. (file photo; photo by James Wyman)

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird says he opposes a proposed wide-sweeping police reform bill that will be considered in the Illinois General-Assembly's lame-duck session that started Friday.

The proposed law would eliminate qualified immunity for police officers, making them liable for lawsuits individually.

The bill would also end cash bail which Baird says will make people less safe. The proposal would allow people accused of certain crimes to be free with certain release conditions determined by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Baird says he's not against police reform, but feels that law enforcement is being unduly blamed for society's troubles.

Several law enforcement unions and advocacy groups have come out against the bill. Baird says law enforcement did not have a seat at the table when the bill was created.

The bill was introduced by Chicago State Senator Elgie Sims and was crafted by the Illinois Black Caucus. Proponents say the goal is to make law enforcement fairer and more equitable.