Appleseed applauds efforts to curb illegally imposed criminal court fines, fees, and costs; Releases New Resource for Defense Attorneys

Two recent decisions by the Illinois Appellate Court, People v. Mullen and People v. Smith, reduced or eliminated certain court costs, fines, and fees imposed on people convicted of crimes in Cook County. These decisions criticized both “Illinois’s labyrinthine system of criminal fines and fees” and the failure of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County to update its form order,… Read more →

Statement of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice on HB 4113 to amend the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act

HB4113—a bill currently moving through the Illinois Legislature—aims to modify provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act that affect the allocation of parenting time and responsibility.  The bill would change the standard used by courts to restrict a parent’s time with the child from a “preponderance of evidence” to “clear and convincing” evidence. The bill also creates… Read more →

Announcing the Launch of the Chicago Data Collaborative

Seven Chicago Organizations Launch Criminal Justice Database The newly formed Chicago Data Collaborative unites media, advocacy, and tech groups to investigate Chicago’s criminal justice system via cooperative data sharing Contact information: Rick Tulsky, (510) 295-5832, ricktulsky [at] injusticewatch [dot] org Chicago – Seven organizations have announced the creation of a shared database to support criminal justice advocacy and reporting in… Read more →