(Chicago, IL) — Governor Rauner is approving a bill that would change the rules for when police can seize the assets of suspected criminals. Currently, the government can seize cash or property that’s believed to have been used in committing a crime and it’s up to the owner to prove their innocence to get it back. Governor Rauner says his signature will change that. He says under the new law, the requirement is on police to have proof in the form of evidence that a particular asset was used in a crime before they can seize it. The new law also requires the State Police to set up a database listing all property that’s been seized under the asset forfeiture laws.
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