Interview: Bringing Court Fees Under Control

Apr 12, 2017

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.

This spring, the Illinois General Assembly is considering big changes to the system. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Democrat from Northbrook, served on a task force examining court fees (PDF) and is among the co-sponsors of the bipartisan legislation. Other backers include chief sponsor Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva; House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs; and House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago.

Nekritz recently visited our Capitol bureau to speak with Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey.