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Tell Governor Rauner: we need forfeiture reform in Illinois!
Did you know that your property can be permanently taken away by the government even if you are never charged with a crime? Each year in Illinois, $40 million or more in cash, cars, and even homes is seized through something called civil asset forfeiture.

Tell Governor Rauner to end policing for profit in Illinois.

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Bruce Rauner (R-IL), Governor
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As a constituent concerned with fundamental fairness, I am urging you to support a bipartisan measure to reform civil asset forfeiture in Illinois. Please sign HB 303 when it comes to your desk.

Currently, under Illinois law, an individual can have their property permanently forfeited to the State without ever being convicted of a crime. Instead of the government being required to prove a person's guilt, these laws place the burden on the individual to prove that they are innocent.

Civil asset forfeiture inflicts serious economic harm on people. Conservatively, the State of Illinois consistently forfeits $30 million or more of its residents' property on an annual basis. The loss of property exacerbates impoverishment and harms the property owner's innocent children and family members.

Illinois' civil asset forfeiture laws incentivize "policing for profit." Current law gives police a strong incentive to seize more and more property, because law enforcement agencies reap almost all of the proceeds from asset forfeitures. Police departments are frequently even allowed to keep for their own use the vehicles, electronics, and other property they seize.

Please sign HB 303 and restore fairness and integrity to Illinois' asset forfeiture laws.
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