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Northwestern University and Evanston's Only Daily News Source Since 1881

The Daily Northwestern

Northwestern University and Evanston's Only Daily News Source Since 1881

The Daily Northwestern

Advocates say that implementation of the Pretrial Fairness Act has been an overall success.

Illinois justice system begins to see impacts four months after eliminating cash bail

January 18, 2024

In September, Illinois became the first state in the country to eliminate cash bail. Four months later, advocates, researchers, and the public are seeing the reform’s effects.  The state legislature...

With the new Pretrial Fairness Act, if a judge decides the defendant does not present a risk to public safety or a likelihood of evading legal authorities, they will be released from jail without having to post bond.

Illinois becomes first state to eliminate cash bail

September 24, 2023

Illinois officially became the first state to eliminate cash bail on Sept. 18. The Pretrial Fairness Act holds that individuals arrested for crimes across Illinois no longer have to pay cash to be released...

An illustration of a dollar bill is centered in the front of a door to a jail cell, surrounded by two exclamation points.

Pretrial Fairness Act comes to unexpected halt as Illinois passes more criminal justice reform legislation

January 11, 2023

Content warning: This article contains mentions of child sexual assault. Illinois was set to be the first state to eliminate cash bail at the start of this year, but a December circuit court ruling...

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Democrat Kwame Raoul re-elected as Illinois Attorney General

November 8, 2022

Democrat Kwame Raoul won re-election as Illinois’ Attorney General, receiving 55.3% of reported votes.  Raoul ran against Republican Tom DeVore, who won 42.6% percent of the votes counted, and Libertarian...

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How to cast a ballot in Evanston’s Nov. 8 midterm elections

October 26, 2022

Evanston residents and Northwestern students alike can head to the polls on Nov. 8 to vote in the 2022 midterm elections for state and federal candidates, as well as key local referendums. At the state...

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