Governor Bruce Rauner has signed changes to how police handle property forfeiture for those accused of crimes.
Rauner says the changes restore the principle of innocent until proven guilty and protects against unreasonable seizure. The American Civil Liberties Union is among supporters of the bill but says that there is still room for improvement to civil asset forfeiture laws in Illinois.
The ACLU says law enforcement in Illinois seized nearly $320M in property over a recent ten-year period but believes that number may be much higher due to lax reporting requirements that have been strengthened in the new law.
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