court fees

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Low-income earners can soon apply to waive their court costs in Illinois.

Reps. Darlene Senger and Elaine Nekritz
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The Illinois criminal justice system has become increasingly reliant on fees. People convicted of crimes have become money makers for state and local government — paying for everything from prosecutors' offices to new police cars.

NPR Illinois

Who should pay for the Illinois courts?

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Cash-strapped counties in Illinois are trying to call in old fines for offenses like speeding tickets. Some of their efforts have been criticized because the cases they are trying to collect on are two or three decades old.

NPR Illinois

Should criminals bear the cost of their own rehabilitation?