SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Changing Illinois’ SAFE-T Act likely won’t happen until after the November election less than a month away, but it’s becoming more clear changes are ahead before implementation on New Year’s Day.
The lawsuits against the state trying to block the law that eliminates cash bail starting Jan. 1 are stacking up. Last week, state’s attorneys from Sangamon and Madison counties added separate lawsuits on top of those already filed by law enforcement officials from Knox, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Kankakee and Will counties. They argue the law is unconstitutional for various reasons and should not take effect.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday again said the measure lawmakers narrowly passed in the final hours of the previous legislature in January 2021 may undergo changes.
Unless there’s a special session called, lawmakers won’t return to the capitol until the week after the Nov. 8 election.