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McHenry County state’s attorney files lawsuit challenging new law that will prohibit Illinois jails from housing ICE detainees

The McHenry County state’s attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new law that will prohibit jails in Illinois from housing ICE detainees and severely limit local law enforcement from working with federal immigration agents. Senate Bill 667 — also called the “Illinois Way Forward Act” — was passed 36-19 in late May. In […]

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Op-Ed: Watering down heroin, meth crime penalties is dangerous

The following is an opinion piece written by McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally: In January, a series of show debates were held in Springfield during lame-duck session on the recent criminal justice overhaul bill that was strong-armed into enactment with little more than the pretense of input from law enforcement. During the debates when […]

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‘What AJ suffered was a corner of hell’: state’s attorney discusses plea deal given to father of AJ Freund

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said what AJ Freund suffered leading up to his murder “was a corner of hell” as he discussed the plea deal accepted by the boy’s father on Friday. Kenneally held a press conference Friday evening following the guilty plea of Andrew Freund Sr., who was sentenced to 30 years […]