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Criminal Justice Reform Bill (HB 3653) Part 3: Officer Liability

January 20, 2021

On January 13, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 3653, a police and criminal justice reform bill, and awaits signature by the Governor. The IML provided a comprehensive summary of the bill, which can be found here. HCB is looking closely at the 764-page bill and will continue to report on portions that may…

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Criminal Justice Reform Bill (HB 3653) Part 2: Officer Training and Discipline

January 19, 2021

On January 13, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 3653, a police and criminal justice reform bill, and awaits signature by the Governor. The IML provided a comprehensive summary of the bill, which can be found here. HCB is looking closely at the 764-page bill and will continue to report on portions that may…

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Criminal Justice Reform Bill (HB 3653) – Part 1: Jails and Detention

January 14, 2021

On January 13, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 3653, a sweeping criminal justice reform bill, and awaits signature by the Governor. The IML provided a comprehensive summary of the bill, which can be found here. HCB is looking closely at the 764-page bill and will continue to report of portions that may impact…

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Court Finds that Police Not at Fault for Vehicle Pursuit that Led to Teen’s Death

December 18, 2020

Earlier this month, a Kendall County Circuit Court Judge granted the City of Yorkville’s motion for summary judgment finding that a Yorkville Police officer was not liable for the death of a teen involved in a high speed police pursuit. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of January 5, 2017. There had been…

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Court grants summary judgment in favor of correctional staff on inmate’s medical and discrimination claims.

December 16, 2020

The Honorable Iain D. Johnston in the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of ten corrections officers, the Chief of Corrections, the Corrections Lieutenant, County Sheriff Roger Scott, and the County of DeKalb in Eric Bernard v. Roger Scott, et al., Case No. 15-cv-50277 (November 20, 2020). Plaintiff, Eric Bernard, a former…

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