Illinois Democrats Offended By The Term ‘Offenders’

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015, file photo, a sign advertising a bail bonds business is displayed near Brooklyn's jail and courthouse complex in New York. A national effort is launching that aims to help low-income defendants get out of jail by bailing them out as their criminal cases progress through the courts. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Illinois lawmakers are pushing to change the term “offender” to “justice-impacted individual” when discussing those convicted of a crime in an ongoing effort to update language in state law. Proposed House Bill 4409 has elicited sharp disagreements between Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature.

During a Wednesday hearing, Republican State Sen. Terri Bryant criticized the proposed change, pointing to the amount of taxpayer money spent when government agencies have to alter language, according to The Center Square.