If an Illinois worker takes a pay cut during a recession, she knows the state isn’t going to take an even bigger chunk out of her paycheck. That’s because the state income tax rate stays the same. But if her home loses value, too, she could still see her property tax bill go up. Government...View Report
Under state Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s proposal, Illinoisans age 21 and older could legally possess, manufacture and sell marijuana.
Effective immediately, possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana in Illinois is punishable by a fine, instead of a misdemeanor with possible jail time.
Imposing civil fines instead of criminal penalties for marijuana possession is a smart first step toward changing how the state deals with low-level, nonviolent crimes.
The Illinois House has voted to impose civil fines rather than criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have removed the threat of jail time for simple marijuana possession.
Police chiefs and prosecutors increasingly support policies to reduce unnecessary incarceration.
Limited criminal-justice resources need to be oriented first and foremost toward addressing crimes with victims, not personal conduct.