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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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Illinois Supreme Court halts cashless bail provision of SAFE-T Act from going into effect on January 1

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an order halting the cashless bail provision of the SAFE-T Act from going into effect statewide on Sunday. The Illinois Supreme Court issued the order Saturday afternoon, saying that in order to “maintain consistent pretrial procedures throughout Illinois” the effective date of the Pretrial Fairness Act has been stayed […]

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2 state’s attorney file request with Illinois Supreme Court to take action after judge’s SAFE-T Act ruling causes confusion

Two state’s attorneys have filed an emergency request with the Illinois Supreme Court asking them to take action after a judge ruled the SAFE-T Act’s cashless bail is unconstitutional, causing confusion statewide. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser said in a joint statement Friday that they have filed […]

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Alleged militia member released on $750K bond after allegedly threatening to kill people, possessing ‘arsenal’ of guns near Grayslake

A Grayslake man, who is reportedly a member of the Michigan Militia, has been released on a $750,000 bond after prosecutors say he threatened to kill his family and was found with an arsenal of guns. RB Warrens, 49, of the 33400 block of Lakeshore Drive in unincorporated Grayslake, was charged with two counts of aggravated […]

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‘Potential chaos’ after judge strikes down cashless bail portion of the Illinois SAFE-T Act

(The Center Square) – Some lawmakers say “potential chaos” may ensue on January 1 because a judge’s ruling that the end of cash bail in Illinois is unconstitutional only applies to approximately 60% of the state. Kankakee County Judge Thomas Cunningham ruled in favor of the plaintiffs — 65 district attorneys and sheriffs from around […]

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‘This is a victory’: McHenry County state’s attorney responds after judge declares Illinois SAFE-T Act’s cashless bail unconstitutional

The McHenry County state’s attorney said a judge’s ruling that the cashless bail provision of the Illinois SAFE-T is unconstitutional is a “victory for the rule of law” and said an appeal could take months. The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement Thursday that they have “prevailed” over Governor JB Pritzker, Attorney […]

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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 […]