2013 case revealed technical loophole that could have prevented arrests
SPRINGFIELD - Late last year, a man who’d been legally declared a sexually violent person in Illinois, cut off his ankle monitor to evade authorities. When he was found, waiting on a train in St. Louis, he had a ticket in hand bound for Albuquerque, NM.
Police quickly worked to obtain an arrest warrant only to find a legal technicality in their way. The man in question wasn’t technically an escaped criminal. That’s because he’d been committed to state custody under civil proceedings -- not criminal proceedings.
So, when he crossed state lines, police were essentially powerless to use criminal laws to arrest him for hacking off the electronic monitor and thereby violating the terms of his conditional release.
SPRINGFIELD – Businesses in Gifford are struggling to recover from November’s tornadoes. State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) moved legislation today that would protect business owners in the affected communities from higher property taxes.
“Without this proposal, business owners would not only have to face the cost of rebuilding and repairing their businesses and homes, but also the burden of having to pay higher property taxes due to the value added by the new construction,” said Frerichs. “This proposal will help owners of damaged properties not be dragged down by a drastic increase in their tax bills.”
This week, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her encouragement for Illinois county officials to recognize the recent court opinion allowing Cook County to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Several other county clerks have announced they are following suit and have started providing this service; others have stated they intend to wait.
Prior to the court decision for Cook County, many of those awaiting licenses were working to get that right earlier than the law's effective date in June. One such couple had a particularly urgent reason for that request: terminal illness.
Procrastinating car owners could breathe a small sigh of relief under legislation that Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D- Chicago) guided through the Senate on Tuesday. The new law would allow drivers to temporarily stay on the road without a current registration sticker provided the driver has a receipt proving that he or she registered the vehicle before the previous registration’s expiration date.
Those who wait to renew their registration through CyberService or the mail until the last days leading up to the expiration of their current registration will now be provided a way to avoid being issued a ticket for driving that vehicle if the sticker doesn’t arrive in time.
Acknowledging the need for a long-term plan to invest in roads, bridges and railways across the country, President Obama yesterday proposed an over $300 billion transportation plan that would invest in infrastructure projects and protect 700,000 jobs.
“This is the only way we can continue putting people back to work and keep our economies moving forward, especially here in Illinois where we are the crossroads of the nation,” said Senator Sandoval (D – Chicago), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.
President Obama has called on overhauling the federal corporate tax as a way to at least partially fund these projects.
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