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Judge declares Illinois ‘assault weapons’ and high-capacity magazine ban unconstitutional

(The Center Square) – A downstate judge has declared Illinois’ “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazine ban as unconstitutional, setting up a direct appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. The move means the law is not enforceable statewide pending appeal, according to attorney Jerry Stocks, who represents state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, in his challenge to […]

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Illinois attorney general responds to state’s attorneys attempt to throw out provision to end cash bail

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has filed a response to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ending cash bail by saying lawsuit plaintiffs’ arguments should be rejected. Dozens of state’s attorneys from around Illinois joined together to file a lawsuit to have the Illinois SAFE-T Act’s bail provision thrown out. The […]

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State’s attorneys ask Illinois Supreme Court to rule no-cash bail law is unconstitutional

(The Center Square) – Prosecutors from across Illinois on Friday urged the state’s highest court to affirm a Kankakee County judge’s ruling that a no-cash bail law that was set to take effect at the beginning of the year is unconstitutional. The state’s attorneys filed their response with the Illinois Supreme Court to the Pritzker […]

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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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‘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 […]