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217 Today: Illinois no longer has cash bail. Are courts ready?

Briana Payton speaks during a news conference at Daley Plaza, where the Coalition to End Money Bond and its supporters rejected the use of pretrial electronic monitoring.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Monday was supposed to be Illinois’ first day without cash bail. But judges in some counties were still setting money bonds.
  • Despite the historic changes to cash bail, it was mostly a slow day in Metro East courthouses.
  • Illinois passed a new law that allows Native American ancestral remains to be reburied at the place where they came from.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how courtrooms throughout the state operated on the first day without cash bail in Illinois. 

Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Chip Mitchell, Mawa Iqbal and Will Bauer.



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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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