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Lawmakers advance bill that would allow non-citizens to be police officers in Illinois

(The Center Square) – Lawmakers have advanced a measure that will soon be sent to the governor’s desk that would allow certain immigrants to become police officers in Illinois. Current federal law prohibits a non-U.S. citizen from becoming a police offer throughout the country. House Bill 3751 looks to change that law in Illinois. The […]

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Senator files legislation proposing Illinois EMS workers be required to wear body cameras

(The Center Square) – A lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require Illinois EMS workers to wear body cameras while on duty following the murder of a patient. Senate Bill 1306 was introduced by state Sen. Doris Turner, D-Springfield. Turner said the idea came to her after the death of a Springfield resident who was […]

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Inspector general report shows 49 more children died in Illinois DCFS care in 2022 than prior year

(The Center Square) – A new report by an inspector general for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services shows 171 children died while in contact with the department last year, 40% more than the year prior. The 248-page report released by the Illinois Inspector General shows that in 2022, 49 more children died […]

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Gov. JB Pritzker says Illinois will not give up on ending cash bail following court ruling

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that he is confident that the SAFE Act’s provision to end cash bail statewide is constitutional despite a lower court ruling it unconstitutional, which has been appealed. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today, or SAFE-T Act, was approved by the General Assembly in January 2021. It […]

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Judge rules end of cash bail in Illinois SAFE-T Act is unconstitutional, will not go into effect in 65 counties on Jan 1

A judge has ruled that the abolishment of cash bail in the SAFE-T Act is unconstitutional and it will not go into effect in 65 Illinois counties on January 1. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity Today, or SAFE-T Act, was approved by the General Assembly in January 2021. It makes several changes to the […]

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Judge’s decision looms in lawsuit against the Illinois SAFE-T Act

(The Center Square) – A decision from a Kankakee County judge is expected Wednesday evening in the SAFE-T Act lawsuit, which was brought by more than 60 state’s attorneys from across Illinois. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity Today, or SAFE-T Act, was approved by the General Assembly in January 2021. It makes several changes […]

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Illinois legislators and advocates push for resources to address fentanyl overdoses

(The Center Square) – State lawmakers and advocates are pushing for more awareness and resources, along with harsher penalties for drug dealers, to address the dangers of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. The precursors for the drug have origins in […]

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Illinois lawmakers working on changes to SAFE-T Act as they return to Springfield for fall veto session

Lawmakers are returning to Springfield this coming week and changes are expected to be made to the controversial SAFE-T Act, which among other measures, abolishes cash bail in Illinois. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity Today, or SAFE-T Act, was passed by the General Assembly in 2021. The criminal justice package has been criticized by […]