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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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‘Threat to public safety’: McHenry County state’s attorney sues Gov. JB Pritzker, Illinois attorney general over SAFE-T Act

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally filed a lawsuit Monday against state officials, alleging the SAFE-T Act violates the Illinois Constitution and is a “threat to public safety.” The lawsuit was filed in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in McHenry County and it names Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Governor JB Pritzker as defendants. Pritzker […]

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McHenry County state’s attorney files lawsuit against CVS, Walgreens and others for over-prescription of opioids

The McHenry County state’s attorney has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s largest pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens, for their “alarming” over-prescription of opioids. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County last Monday against CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Meijer and Albertsons. The complaint alleges that the pharmaceutical companies provided opioid painkillers in an “alarming number” with […]

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Judge orders IL Department of Corrections to release records on early prisoner releases after lawsuit by McHenry County state’s attorney

A judge has ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office with records on the early release of prisoners following a lawsuit. The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said they informally attempted multiple times to obtain records from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) regarding its early release of […]

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Judge dismisses McHenry County’s lawsuit challenging new law that will prohibit Illinois jails from housing ICE detainees

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

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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 […]