Posts tagged "Motion to Reconsider"

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?
A bill attempting to allow nonviolent, first-time offenders to avoid paying a bond so they could leave the jail while awaiting trial died an unceremonious death at its third reading in the Illinois House of Representatives last month. With a bill making changes to bond court failing to pass–for the second legislative session–  we thought... Read more »

Preckwinkle program to help people in jail who cannot afford bond payments

Preckwinkle program to help people in jail who cannot afford bond payments
Non-violent offenders stuck behind bars at Cook County Jail because they can’t afford to pay their bail will get a second chance to petition for their release. Under the latest developments in Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s “Motion to Reconsider” initiative, an increase in staff will focus on alternatives to incarceration for people who can’t... Read more »

Changes afoot at Cook County bond court seeks to cut unnecessary detainment

Most of the more than 5,000 Chicagoans awaiting trial in Cook County Jail can’t afford to post bond and get out, so they sit there, at a substantial cost to the county, until their next hearing. Changes on the way to the bond court system, driven by county President Toni Preckwinkle, may have some seeing... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: $175M settlement with Wells Fargo; Cook County seeks more humane bond court; "hot-spot" buildings demolished; deep SNAP cuts may be coming

It’s been five years since The Chicago Reporter first uncovered the discriminatory lending practices that targeted Chicago’s African American and Latino neighborhoods. This week, the federal Department of Justice and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reached a $175 million settlement with one of the offending lenders, Wells Fargo. Meanwhile, African-American communities were disproportionately hurt by... Read more »