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Governor J.B. Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton speak at a bill signing ceremony Monday. ( screen capture). 

Governor J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed into law a sweeping criminal justice reform bill decried by Republicans and law enforcement organizations.

The governor signed the bill at a ceremony in Chicago. Pritzker says the bill addresses three of his priorities coming into office.

Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton said the bill is a step in combating systemic racism.

Local law enforcement, including Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird, Montgomery Chief of Police Phil Smith, and state's attorney's from Kendall and Grundy counties have said the bill will make communities less safe.

Among the changes in the bill is the ending of the cash bail system in 2023. Oswego Democratic State Representative Stephanie Kifowit voted for the bill. She says it gives courts more power to hold people behind bars.

Area Republicans aren't so sure. Morris Republican State Representative David Welter said the bill protects people accused of crimes and not victims.

The bill also mandates additional training for law enforcement and body cameras.

You can find WSPY's other stories on the criminal justice reform bill below:

Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis on the criminal justice reform bill.

23rd Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Robert Pilmer on the cashless bail system.

Montgomery Chief of Police Phil Smith on the criminal justice reform bill.