Just Housing Amendment

Home is the cornerstone from which people build better lives for themselves and their families. People with arrest or criminal records, like everyone else, deserve a place to call home--but it can be almost impossible for them to find an apartment or house to rent. The Just Housing Amendment will create equal access to housing opportunities in Cook County for people with criminal records.

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Chicago Police Department Lawsuit & Consent Decree

Federal Judge Robert Dow has approved the final version of the consent decree established for reforming policing in the City of Chicago. The independent monitor, the entity charged with the actual implementation of the requirements set forth by the decree has been selected. Our work is cut out for us: over the next five to eight years, CRS and our lawsuit partners will be tasked with ensuring that the independent monitor does its job effectively while monitoring the Chicago Police Department during the process.

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SJRCA 1 – Fair Tax

The Illinois income tax structure is poorly designed and unsustainable. A fair tax, with lower rates for the middle class and higher rates for higher incomes, will help to ensure Illinois' financial stability and get our fiscal house in order. Illinois needs a long-term solution to our state's fiscal problems—now.

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HB 2689 – Pretrial Data Act

Currently, our criminal justice system does not track the number of people in jail due to their inability to pay bond. This bill will increase government transparency and accountability by requiring Clerks of the Court and Sheriff's Offices to submit monthly pretrial reports to Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, which will then be made publicly available for five years.

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HB 3347 – Equal Justice for All Act

This bill will prohibit the use of money bond. No one will be incarcerated before they go to trial simply because they cannot afford to pay a certain amount of money. HB 3347 also requires courts to provide common sense pretrial services; improves court efficiency; and increases government transparency.

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HB 3227 – Housing as a Human Right

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released guidance that the use of arrest records has a disproportionate and discriminatory impact on people of color. This bill will prohibit landlords from using arrest or juvenile records (as well as records ordered expunged, sealed or impounded) in their decision making. It also aligns human rights protections in housing with Illinois law which has existing provisions for employment.

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HB 2620/SB 2054 – Restorative Sentencing Act

Individuals who complete classes to earn program sentencing credit are more likely to have a productive transition back into society, which reduces the chances of re-offending. Giving individuals an incentive to participate in these programs through sentence credits is one of the best ways to safely reduce the prison population; improve the safety of prisons; and to prepare men and women to become productive members of society. The Restorative Sentencing Act would provide program sentencing credit to individuals who successfully complete a program, resulting in a reduced prison sentence of no more than 10% off their time sentenced.

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