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Former ICE detainees sue McHenry County Jail, claim they were forced to perform unpaid labor

Multiple former immigration inmates at the McHenry County Jail have filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff’s office, claiming they were forced to perform unpaid labor while detained. The suit was filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, court records show. The plaintiffs include Aleksey Ruderman, Jason Clarke, […]

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Nearly 60 inmates, corrections officers test positive for COVID-19 at McHenry County Jail

The McHenry County Jail is on lockdown after nearly 60 inmates and corrections officers tested positive for COVID-19, the sheriff’s office said. McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Byrnes said the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock has seen 42 inmates and 15 corrections officers test positive for COVID. The jail began seeing cases on December 21 […]

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Federal court delays new law that will prohibit Illinois jails from housing ICE detainees amid lawsuit appeal

A federal appeals court has delayed a new law from going into effect that would prohibit jails in Illinois from housing ICE detainees as the court hears an appeal in a lawsuit filed by McHenry County. Senate Bill 667 — also called the “Illinois Way Forward Act” — was passed 36-19 in late May. In […]