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Winnebago CO. Sheriff Gary Caruana on IL’s SAFE-T act
October 5 ,2022
WCSO Cash Bail Discussion
October 5 ,2022
Sheriffs quitting after police “reform” bill passes, effectively tying the hands of cops and protecting criminals
October 5 ,2022
A sheriff in Union County, Illinois has become at least the fourth sheriff in the state to turn in his badge after the state implemented something called the “Safe-T Act,” an anti-police group of measures dressed up with in the guise of “police reform.”
Pritzker considering SAFE-T Act changes
October 3 ,2022
Gov. JB Pritzker is considering changes to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform to clarify provisions related to the end of cash bail in Illinois, while his Republican challenger, state Sen. Darren Bailey, continues to push for a full repeal.
EFFECT OF ILLINOIS’ SAFE-T ACT?
October 3, 2022
Come Jan. 1, pretrial cash bond will be abolished as part of the Illinois SAFE-T Act, a move that has triggered outcries, varying interpretations and lawsuits.
Violent crime rose nearly 40 percent in Aurora from 2019 through 2021; driven by aggravated assaults
Wirepoints recently reported on how Illinois’ fifth-biggest city of Rockford is struggling to contain violent crime. It’s up 26 percent since 2019. A look at the numbers in Aurora shows that Illinois’ second-largest city is in the same situation. City data shows that...
Combating Chicago crime: Volunteers to patrol Red Line trains Friday
CHICAGO - Teams of volunteer security officers and martial artists will ride the CTA Red Line on Friday, on the lookout for crime on the city’s busiest L trains, activist Tio Hardiman said Wednesday. Talking to reporters at the Red Line’s 35th Street/Bronzeville...
State’s attorneys say they’re concerned about end of cash bail
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) - The elimination of cash bail is fast approaching for Illinois following the passage of the SAFE-T act in January 2021. Some judges have even begun the transition to no cash bail, but prosecutors are saying no cash bail will make their job a...
Only 15-percent of carjackers in Chicago have been arrested, study says
CHICAGO - City leaders blame the recent surge in carjackings on bored young people looking for trouble, and the Chicago Police Department says juveniles make up nearly 60-percent of carjacking arrests. However, one local expert from the University of Chicago's...
Illinois budget sweeps $5 million from 911 fund, concerning law enforcement
(The Center Square) – The new budget Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeps $5 million out of the statewide 9-1-1 fund to start up a new number for mental health emergencies. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) say the sweep was done without the...
Eric Adams Acknowledges Progressive Criminal Justice Reforms Contribute to Growing Crime Rates
New York City Mayor Adams (D) said Sunday that he agreed with comments made last week by former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, who said progressive politics surrounding the criminal justice system has led to a spike in crime in American cities. Bratton said...
Bill on Gov. Pritzker’s desk would crack down on organized retail crime in multiple ways, amid spike in such crime on Mag Mile and elsewhere
CHICAGO (CBS) -- We've seen smash-and-grab retail thefts happen across the Chicago area – in the city and suburbs alike. Now, a new law waiting on Gov. JB Pritzker's signature will make it easier for police to catch these criminals. Full text of the bill, HB1091 As...
Alderman explains Chicago’s $1.9 billion plan to tackle violent crime — but ‘arrest’ and ‘prosecution’ aren’t in the mix
Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) shared his notes from a recent public safety meeting, hosted by the mayor’s office, with his constituents in an email Thursday. “During the meeting the Mayor, several City department commissioners, and Northside [sic] police district...
Legislation classifying Illinois dispatchers as first responders clears legislature
(The Center Square) – A bill that would give Illinois emergency dispatchers more benefits and officially classify the profession as first responders could soon be sent to the governor. Senate Bill 3127 was filed by state Sen. Neil Anderson and provides that emergency...
Jonathan Zimmerman: Progressives have turned a deaf ear to minority communities’ calls for more police
I live in Philadelphia, a hugely unequal city. Our access to education, transportation and health care — and the quality of these services — often depends on our ZIP codes. And nobody knows that better than people who live in minority communities. So let’s suppose I...