Two Illinois counties file lawsuits against SAFE-T Act

Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 11:14 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Two Illinois States Attorneys are suing over the SAFE-T Act, a law getting attention for its elimination of cash bail.

According to separate press releases, Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe and Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow are filing the suits. Defendants listed include Governor JB Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul in both, along with Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Senate President Don Harmon in Will county’s litigation.

The suits claim the act violates the Illinois constitution and several state laws. ABC 7 Chicago say the Governor’s press office responded to the announcements by saying it’s a “weak attempt to protect the status quo that lets murders and abusers pay their way out of jail.”

The SAFE-T act has garnered some criticism for its elimination of cash bail. As of now, it will go into effect January 1 2023.

We’ve reached out to the Governor’s press office for additional comment, and are waiting to hear back.