This Week in Springfield – Issue 100-14

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Raising the retail theft felony threshold is not the answer to lowering the number of inmates in Illinois prisons. Myth: Shoplifters are sitting in prison 'just because' of a first-offense. Fact: The Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council reported the average retail thief has 7 felony arrests and 18 misdemeanor arrests prior to being arrested for shoplifting. Hardly someone sitting in jail for a first offense. ... See MoreSee Less

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We cannot raise the retail theft felony threshold. Doing so would erode the sales tax base and diminish the seriousness of the crime. Myth: Retail theft doesn’t harm anyone. Fact: Illinois’ reported loss from retail theft was over $2 billion in 2015. That is $25 million minimum in lost sales tax revenue to local governments. If a municipality has its own sales tax, as many do, the fiscal impact increases substantially. Increasing the felony threshold will not save Illinois money. ... See MoreSee Less

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We cannot diminish the seriousness of retail theft – it is a CRIME. Myth: Theft most often occurs out of need. Fact: 80% of shoplifters had the money on them to purchase the product they were stealing. According to the list of most commonly stolen items, the crime is not occurring out of need. This list includes items like cigarettes, energy drinks, teeth whitening stripes and GPS devices. Increasing the retail theft felony threshold is not a solution – it is detrimental to the retail industry. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to all attendees, event sponsors, reception caterers, legislators and speakers for making Business Day 2017 such a success! It was powerful and exciting to see the retail community come together to make our voices heard. ... See MoreSee Less

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