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Court hearing on legal challenge to ending cash bail in Illinois delayed after amendments passed

(The Center Square) – After lawmakers approved amendments to the SAFE-T Act that eliminates cash bail in Illinois, a lawsuit challenging the measure’s implementation has been delayed until later this month. State lawmakers recently passed amendments to the sweeping criminal justice reform legislation that abolishes cash bail starting January 1. The amendments add a slew […]

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signs amendment to SAFE-T Act after it was passed by Illinois House and Senate

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a 300-plus page amendment updating the SAFE-T Act after the changes were passed by the Illinois House and Senate last week. The amendment to the SAFE-T Act filed last week includes language to allow denial of pretrial release for a slew of serious crimes, ranging from murder to kidnapping […]

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Lake County Crime Stoppers offers reward for information after hate crime at Jewish cemetery in Waukegan

The Lake County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information after a vandal or vandals spray-painted swastikas on more than a dozen headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Waukegan. The Waukegan Police Department responded around 8 a.m. Monday to Am Echod Jewish Cemetery, 3050 Grand Avenue in Waukegan, for a report of criminal damage […]

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‘Evil act’: Leaders condemn hate crime that left over dozen headstones graffitied at Waukegan Jewish cemetery

Gov. Pritzker and other leaders are condemning the vandalism that left swastikas spray-painted on headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Waukegan as public works crews worked to remove the graffiti Tuesday. The Waukegan Police Department responded around 8 a.m. Monday to Am Echod Jewish Cemetery, 3050 Grand Avenue in Waukegan, for a report of criminal […]

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McHenry County state’s attorney leading SAFE-T Act lawsuit, files motion asking judge to make ruling in case

The McHenry County state’s attorney, who is leading 60 state’s attorneys in a lawsuit challenging the SAFE-T Act, filed a motion Wednesday asking a judge to make a ruling in the case. Over five dozen state’s attorneys filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity Today (SAFE-T) Act. The law will […]

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State’s attorneys ask Illinois Supreme Court to consolidate dozens of SAFE-T Act lawsuits

After over 50 state’s attorneys filed lawsuits against Illinois’ SAFE-T Act, a motion has been filed asking the Illinois Supreme Court to consider consolidating the lawsuits. The criminal justice legislation makes Illinois the first state in the country to abolish cash bail on January 1. At least 55 counties are going to court claiming the […]

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Bipartisan legislative panel objects to continued COVID-19 emergency rules filed by Illinois Department of Public Health

(The Center Square) – A bipartisan panel of Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday objected to continued emergency rules filed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, with one member saying, “the pandemic is over.” Earlier this month, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued another consecutive disaster proclamation for Illinois. With the proclamation, modified executive orders do away with […]

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Gov. JB Pritzker issues executive order recommending Illinois residents wear masks again

Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order on Friday recommending Illinois residents, including those who are vaccinated, to wear masks in accordance with CDC guidance. Pritzker’s previous orders said that anyone who was not fully vaccinated should wear a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. His […]

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Gov. Pritzker proclaims October 15 ‘Move Over Day’ in Illinois to raise awareness for safety of first responders

Governor JB Pritzker proclaimed today as “Move Over Day” in Illinois designed to encourage motorists to move over for emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the roadway. Pritzker issued a proclamation designating October 15 as Move Over Day. The designation aligns with Illinois’ law designed to promote safe driving behavior and encourage motorists to […]