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Critics expect chaos under Illinois bail ban despite ruling


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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Critics of a law to eliminate cash bail in Illinois starting Sunday fear a judge’s ruling that the plan is unconstitutional will create a chaotic system of pretrial release unless urgent action is taken. House Republicans on Thursday urged Democrats who approved the plan nearly two years ago to halt the so-called Pretrial Fairness Act. It’s part of an expansive criminal justice overhaul, or push for a speedy appeal schedule. Kankakee County Judge Thomas Cunnington recently overturned the law. Proponents point out that the judge, however, did not issue an injunction, so the law may take effect as planned. They intend to appeal.

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