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Lake County man ordered released from jail under SAFE-T Act despite his third DUI, driving with BAC four times legal limit

A 40-year-old man arrested in Lake County for his third DUI after recording a BAC four times the legal limit was released Sunday because prosecutors were unable to hold him under the state’s SAFE-T Act. Manuel Pineda-Chavez, 40, appeared in front of Lake County Associate Judge Jacquelyn Melius Sunday on charges of aggravated DUI/3rd time, […]

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McHenry County state’s attorney says SAFE-T Act continues to allow release of dangerous defendants

The McHenry County state’s attorney says the “failure” SAFE-T Act recently allowed the release of a hit-and-run suspect who seriously injured a child and a convicted murderer who failed to register as a sex offender for the sixth time. McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said earlier this week that the Pretrial Fairness Act of […]

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McHenry County state’s attorney says public, victims are ‘bearing risk’ under SAFE-T Act as more defendants released

The McHenry County state’s attorney says the public and victims of crime are “bearing the risk” under the new cashless bail system as more defendants, who he thinks should be held, are being released. McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said Monday that six defendants have recently been released from custody due to “more SAFE-T […]

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‘SAFE-T Act failure’: McHenry County state’s attorney says man accused of attacking officers, threatening woman released from jail

The McHenry County state’s attorney said a man accused of squeezing an officer’s genitals, who also referenced knowing how to dismember a woman’s body, was released from jail under the SAFE-T Act. Nicholas M. Koczor, 38, of Woodstock, was released from the McHenry County Jail on Monday. Koczor had been held in custody since October […]

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State’s attorney says ‘absurdity’ continues as judge releases man accused of pulling gun on Metra conductor in McHenry County

The McHenry County state’s attorney says “absurdity” continued on the second day of the end of cash bail after a 20-time arrestee as well as a man accused of pulling a gun on a Metra conductor were both released. McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally again criticized the Pretrial Fairness Act of the SAFE-T Act, […]

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McHenry County state’s attorney says first day of cashless bail resulted in ‘absurd and incoherent’ results

The McHenry County state’s attorney says the first day of the end of cash bail resulted in “absurd and incoherent” results, with a McHenry man accused of trying to force his way into a woman’s home being released. McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said two defendants who he believes are a danger to the […]

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Lake County’s first defendant detained under cashless bail is man out on $350K bond accused of burglarizing home

The first defendant in Lake County to be ordered held detained under the new SAFE-T Act is a man who was out on a $350,000 bond when he was arrested for residential burglary. Richard A. Sasin, 45, of Chicago, was charged with residential burglary, violation of order of protection and nine counts of phone harassment. […]

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Illinois lawmakers return this week amid calls for changes in the SAFE-T Act

(The Center Square) – Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday as state’s attorneys and law enforcement officials await changes to the SAFE-T Act. The controversial justice reform package eliminates cash bail on January 1, making Illinois the first state to fully do so. The legislation has been criticized by many, including dozens of state’s attorneys […]