Democrat Lawmakers Who Support Soft-on-Crime Laws Get Carjacked and Threatened with Guns
Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, who championed the state’s criminal justice reform omnibus legislation in January, was carjacked at gunpoint in suburban Broadview on Tuesday evening, authorities said. One of the hijackers fired multiple gunshots at Lightford’s husband, but he was not injured.
Three masked men exited a Dodge Durango and hijacked Lightford’s Mercedes Benz SUV at gunpoint on the 2000 block of South 20th Avenue around 9:45 p.m., according to a statement from the village’s chief of police.
Lightford confirmed the incident in a short statement, saying she was “thankful that my husband and I are alive and physically unharmed. I am trying to process the trauma of what happened.”
She thanked the Broadview Police Department for their “quick and thorough response.”
Her husband, Eric McKennie, was driving their Mercedes when the carjackers struck.
Police did not say if McKennie or Lightford fired any shots in the incident.
Lightford helped lead the charge to pass the state’s wide-ranging overhaul of criminal justice-related laws, which passed in January. Among other things, the law decriminalized absences of less than 48 hours by people who are ordered to stay on pre-trial electronic monitoring, and it will eliminate cash bail in January 2023.
Lightford is at least the second major sponsor of the legislation to fall victim to criminals this year.