The state of Illinois has a radical Democratic legislature and a radical governor. They don't mind playing mad social scientist and experimenting with the citizens who live in the Land of Lincoln by exposing them to the predations of criminals.
For good or ill, Illinois is about to begin an experiment on Monday with the concept of "cashless bail." That means that when the accused comes before a judge, a decision will be made not about how much bail will be set for the perp but rather whether the crime they are accused of is serious enough to place the accused in jail until trial or release them.
What could go wrong?
"It's a wait and see at this point to see how this plays out," said Palos Park police Chief Joe Miller. "The decision has been made. My job is to make sure that our people, when they go out in the field, have all the tools they need to do the job."
Anyone charged with a forcible felony, which includes first- and second-degree murder, predatory criminal sexual assault, robbery, burglary and arson, or poses a real and present threat to himself or herself or others will be taken into custody, Miller said.
However, anyone committing traffic violations, class B and C misdemeanors, petty business offenses or local ordinance violations will be cited and released, Miller said.