Illinois Supreme Court puts SAFE-T Act on hold, leaving cash bail in effect
Dozens of states’ attorneys, sheriffs and counties challenged the constitutionality of the cashless bail provision in lawsuits across Illinois. The lawsuits were consolidated, and a Kankakee County judge sided with plaintiffs this week. But the judge’s ruling only halted implementation in the 64 counties that brought suit, creating confusion in other parts of the state.
The Illinois Supreme Court on New Year’s Eve delayed implementation of cashless bail across the state, which would have gone into effect Sunday, January 1st.
More than 180 New State Laws Take Effect January 1, 2023
Also, on January 1st
GAS TAXES GOING UP
Under the state’s budget, a 2.2 cent-per-gallon tax increase that was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2022, was suspended as part of a larger effort to provide relief to taxpayers impacted by wildly escalating inflation rates.
The election-year move was expected to save Illinois taxpayers approximately $70 million.
Minimum Wage Increases to $13/Hour
The Tides Are Turning
A recent national survey conducted by the Trafalgar Group indicates that America may be politically segregating at a much faster pace than originally thought. In the survey, over 10% of Republicans and 9% of Independents say they plan to move in the next year to a region in which they are more politically aligned. Those numbers are far less for Democrats.
Advice To Help You Succeed
There are numerous reasons why New Year’s Resolutions fail, and the statistics aren’t great:
- 64% of people abandon their New Year’s Resolution within a month
- 80% of people never achieve their New Year’s Resolution
But this year CAN be different!
We Are Here To Serve You!
As a State Representative, my office is available to assist you with any issues you may have when interacting with a state agency. Whether you need help with unemployment claims, getting a FOID card, renewing your drivers license or resolving a tax problem, we are here to serve you.
Oftentimes, some of the best legislation comes from people who see where the law is unworkable or simply unfair.
If you have ideas on how the state of Illinois could improve, let’s sit down and discuss if a legislative fix is needed.
Please call our office at 217.876.1968 to get help or schedule an appointment to see me. The office is located at 715 W Imboden Dr, Decatur.
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