Police officials keep raising red flags about end of cash bail in Illinois

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Suburban police chiefs are speaking out about serious concerns they have over the state law that eliminates cash bai.

There will be no cash bail in Illinois beginning Jan. 1. Lake Zurich Police Chief Steve Husak worries that dangerous suspects will be freed on their own recognizance.

He notes that suspects effectively must be released unless prosecutors present a judge with “clear and convincing evidence” that they are a potential danger to the public.

East Dundee Police Chief James Kruger — a former head of the Illinois Association of Police Chiefs — said the infrastructure is not in place to get that evidence to the bench.

The aim of the law is to make sure people facing trial aren’t held merely because they’re poor.

Tom Weitzel, the retired police chief of Riverside, doesn’t argue that point.

“But we’re talking about felonies, some very violent felonies, that individuals will be released on,” he said.

The so-called SAFE-T Act is the topic of this weekend’s “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

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