Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to Sign Retail Theft Crackdown Act

CHICAGO (WLS) — Gov. JB Pritzker will sign a bill Friday to crack down on burglaries and other retail thefts.

Governor Pritzker will sign a retail theft crime bill at Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile.

The Governor hopes the Retail Organized Crime Act will provide better tools to help hold criminals accountable and close prosecution gaps, especially when it comes to criminals who orchestrate thefts and robberies. looting.

In recent months, Chicago has seen a wave of organized retail robberies along Michigan Avenue, including at Gucci, Burberry and Macy’s stores.

Goods have been stolen by thieves or groups of thieves and it’s a trend retailers have been seeing for some time, raising serious concerns about downtown security.

Some stores have chosen to leave or are rethinking their locations.

The bill will in part create a statewide intelligence platform to help retailers and law enforcement better coordinate their efforts.

The bill is supported by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and is also in partnership with the office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.

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