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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SJCRA 1 – Fair Tax (Sen. Don Harmon)

After a welcomed announcement from Governor Pritzker calling for the passing of a Fair Tax this spring, we are preparing to take part in this great fight for economic equality in Illinois with the Responsible Budget Coalition. Please join us at our annual Day of Faith at the Capitol, where we will advocate for a Fair Tax that will provide relief to families who desperately need it. A fair tax, with lower rates for the middle class and higher rates for higher incomes, is needed to ensure financial stability. Illinois needs a long-term solution to our state's fiscal problems—now.

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HB 2689 – Pretrial Data Act (Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth)

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 3227 – Housing as a Human Right (Rep. Curtis Tarver)

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 (Rep. Justin Slaughter/Sen. Kimberly Lightford)

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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HB 3056 – Employee Background Fairness Act (Rep. Sonya Harper)

Too often, individuals with criminal records are categorically denied the chance for employment or advancement due to criminal history records. Applicants are not always provided the background check conducted by potential employers. This bill mandates a fair and transparent process for employers to follow: provide copies of background checks to applicants; allow an opportunity for mitigating or corrective information; and conduct an individualized assessment of each candidate.

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