Skip to main content

Morning Shift

New Bill Seeks To Reform Legal Practice of Property Seizure

A new bill in Springfield aims to reform Illinois’ civil asset forfeiture laws -- a legal process that allows the government and police to seize a person’s personal property, if that person is so much as suspected of a crime. The goal is to take the profit out of crime, but critics argue it puts the profit in policing. Though reform has bipartisan support, it’s not without its opposition. President Trump, for example, is a supporter of civil asset forfeiture. Morning Shift talks to Ben Ruddell of the ACLU and Chief Marc Maton from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police to break down both sides of the debate.

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.

CLOSE X