Official misconduct crime bill, originated in Winnebago County, stalls in Illinois House

The bill, which unanimously passed the Senate, seeks to close loophole allowing public...
The bill, which unanimously passed the Senate, seeks to close loophole allowing public officials to keep their job despite felony charges.(wifr)
Published: Apr. 10, 2022 at 3:04 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) - A local official crime bill that passed the Illinois Senate, originated in Winnebago County, has been stopped by the Democratic controlled House. It will now be at least a year before it’s even considered again.

Senate bill 3460 was introduced by Cherry Valley Republican Dave Syverson. It was in response to a case in Winnebago County; where County Coroner Bill Hintz was charged with felony crimes but, due to a loophole, was allowed to remain in office. Syverson’s bill would have closed the loophole. However, despite passing the Senate in a unanimous vote in February, the bill was never brought to the House floor this session; meaning it will not be allowed to be reintroduced until at least 2023. Hintz has since resigned. He faces 37 felony counts including forgery, official misconduct, and stealing from the dead. Hintz’s wife Michelle is charged with four felonies.

This legislation came as a request from Winnebago County Chairman Joe Chiarelli and was drafted by Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley

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