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Appellate defender: Case backlog ‘a crisis in the criminal justice system’ Appellate defender: Case backlog ‘a crisis in the criminal justice system’

Appellate defender: Case backlog ‘a crisis in the criminal justice system’

The director of the state agency that represents people in need in appeals of criminal charges said Thursday its backlog of 2,672 cases represents “a crisis in the criminal justice system” as he requested a near 7 percent increase to the agency’s budget.

Black Illinoisans honored with achievement awards at state Capitol Black Illinoisans honored with achievement awards at state Capitol

Black Illinoisans honored with achievement awards at state Capitol

Treasurer Michael Frerichs presented seven high-achieving black Illinoisans with awards Thursday in the state Capitol, as recipients and other speakers celebrated black history and urged the fight for equality to continue.

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