The thwarted terrorism incident a few years ago at SIUE has now inspired two new laws that are on the books in Illinois. First came legislation to give the judge in the case discretion to disallow bond. Beginning January 1, Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law mandating criminals convicted of of attempting to commit terrorism offenses spend at least 85% of their sentence behind bars.
Currently, a prisoner gets a day of good-conduct credit for each day served in prison, which is unacceptable to Senate sponsor Bill Haine of Alton.
Olutosin Oduwole (pictured) was found guilty at his trial last fall. Prosecutors were asking for 15 years in prison, the maximum allowable for the Class 1 felony, but got just five. Prosecutors say he was planning a campus shooting spree, while his defense says he was an aspiring rap music artist. Haine says there is still more work to be done to address terror suspects in the state, and hopes to continue tightening up the laws when the General Assembly returns to Springfield in the fall.