No other state’s constitution or labor laws are like Illinois’ – broadly allowing government unions to override statutes simply by negotiating contrary provisions into collective bargaining agreements. Illinois may not be alone for long.View Report
While 2017 was a bad year for Illinois taxpayers, there are bright spots among the bills that passed the General Assembly.
The new law will transfer the burden of proof to law enforcement in forfeiture proceedings.
A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers, including members of the House Progressive and House Freedom caucuses, have put forth a measure to limit the use of federal dollars in certain civil asset forfeiture proceedings.
The reinstatement of a federal asset forfeiture program marks a step backward for civil asset forfeiture reform.
Civil asset forfeiture reform has now cleared the Illinois General Assembly.
The New Hampshire legislature has passed an overhaul of asset forfeiture laws to protect rights of innocent property owners; Illinois should do the same.
Illinois police have taken in a total of $72 million in seized property over the past two years.
A court decision involving the government’s seizure of more than $270,000 from two Chicagoans highlights major problems with civil asset forfeiture.
U.S. law enforcement took in more than $5 billion from the American public in 2014 through asset forfeiture, compared to the $3.5 billion lost nationally to burglary.