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Another lawsuit filed to strike down SAFE-T Act. Another state’s attorney has expressed concerns over dangerous provisions in the Democrats’ SAFE-T Act and challenged the constitutionality of the law.

Vermilion County's State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy is suing Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Attorney General, Kwame Raoul, for the SAFE-T Act by claiming it puts victims and their families at risk.

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Lawsuits filed to strike down Democrats’ SAFE-T Act. State’s attorneys, who are tasked with implementing the so-called “SAFE-T Act” on January 1, 2023, are asking questions about the constitutionality of the proposed new law.

The Democrat-passed SAFE-T Act, if it is allowed to go into effect, will eliminate Illinois’ cash bail system on January 1, which will have wide-ranging consequences throughout our criminal justice system. With the elimination of cash bail, criminal suspects will be detained before trial only in the case of forcible felonies which are nonprobational or unless they are considered a flight risk or a danger to someone in the community. Many violent crimes, including robbery, vehicular invasion, DUI resulting in a death, and second-degree murder, do not qualify under this new law. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has called this policy “a horrible slap in the face to victims and neighborhoods desperately seeking safety.”

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The Truth about No Cash Bail in Illinois. Starting next year, Illinois' cash bail system will be eliminated due to provisions in the Democrats' so-called “SAFE-T Act.” That means on January 1, people can no longer be held in custody prior to trial for offenses like robbery, arson, second degree murder, kidnapping and more. The elimination of cash bail will reduce public safety and put communities across the state at risk. We have to repeal the SAFE-T Act to keep Illinois residents safe from crime. 

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Elimination of cash bail will put dangerous criminals back on our streets. During the final hours of the 2021 lame duck session of the 101st General Assembly, Illinois Democrats rammed through anti-police, pro-criminal legislation under the cover of darkness.

The Democrats’ so-called “SAFE-T” Act (HB 3653, PA 101-652) contained many controversial provisions that make extensive changes to Illinois ‘criminal justice laws. The legislation abolishes cash bail, makes it more difficult for prosecutors to charge a defendant with felony murder, adds further requirements for no-knock warrants, gives judges the ability to deviate from mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, makes changes to the “three strikes” law, and decreases mandatory supervised release terms, among other changes.

JOBS

Illinois metro area unemployment rates for July. The numbers reflect the overall Illinois unemployment numbers gathered for July 2022 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with additional data reflecting the unemployment numbers in fourteen major metropolitan areas around Illinois. The statewide unemployment rate was 4.8% in July 2022, but was higher in several metro areas with traditional ties to manufacturing and heavy industry. The unemployment rate was 6.5% in Decatur and in Rockford, and was 5.7% in Danville.

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Illinois’ Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has deficit of more than $4 billion. This deficit, which piled up during the 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic and associated spike in unemployment insurance (UI) payments, is money owed to the United States Treasury. The federal Treasury loaned the Illinois UI system the money needed to pay unemployment benefits, and the UI system promised to pay the money back. These payments will have to be made through higher UI taxes on employer paychecks, lower benefits paid to future Illinois jobless workers, or both. The Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) at the University of Illinois has examined the reason for this deficit, and this week submitted a report on the large UI deficit

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First month of Fiscal Year 2023 shows continued Illinois revenue growth; discussion of recession fears. The July 2022 revenue report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), a nonpartisan arm of the General Assembly, shows that State of Illinois tax revenue continued to increase in the first month of FY23. Working with cash flow numbers from the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and other State agencies, CGFA tracked July 2022 income tax revenues as increasing $118 million over comparable numbers for July 2021. Sales tax revenues were up $55 million, leading to an overall state-tax general funds increase from all sources of $209 million for the month.