Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Class action demands Cook County refund bail bond fees retained by circuit clerk before 2016

Friday, April 01, 2016
Cook County Record
by Scott Holland

A man who was acquitted of murder charges stemming from a 2014 Palatine bar fight has sued the offices of Cook County’s circuit clerk and treasurer, alleging they kept far too much of his bail bond fees – and he believes they likely did the same to potentially thousands of others who have posted bond in recent years.

Michael Platt named county Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown and county Treasurer Maria Pappas in the complaint he filed March 31 in federal court in Chicago. He argued the old bail bond fee process in Cook County, under which the county was allowed to keep as much as 10 percent of any posted bond, violated the due process clause of the state and U.S. constitutions “because it imposes the burden of paying ‘costs’ that goes far beyond the actual costs incurred by the clerks of court.”

Further, he argued the fee violated constitutional equal protection and uniformity clauses because it was places “a greater burden upon accused persons for whom a higher bail is set,” even though the county’s actual bail processing costs were the same, no matter the bail amount.

Before a new state law took effect Jan. 1, the state placed no cap on the amount the clerk’s office could retain from processing a bond. The complaint quoted Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, who in an interview told CBS Chicago, “If the charges against you are dropped, you (are) still required to forfeit that 10 percent to Cook County.”

Platt’s complaint noted the circuit clerk’s office retained $5.6 million in bail bond fees in 2013, “though its actual costs were only a fraction of that amount.”

In August 2015, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 1119, capping the bail bond fee that circuit clerks could retain at $100. While speaking at the April 2015 Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting that ended with a resolution supporting HB1119, Fritchey referred to the old fee structure as “regressive,” “punitive” and “antithetical to criminal justice reforms.” Further, Platt’s complaint noted Fritchey also called the fee an egregious “revenue source” that acts as a “tax on poor black and brown people.”

Platt noted that at the same meeting, Brown’s Chief of Staff Wasiu Fashina stated the clerk’s office had no objection to the resolution of support.

After being involved in a 2014 Palatine bar fight that resulted in a fatality, Platt faced first-degree murder charges in Cook County with bail set at $2 million. He posted the required $200,000 bail bond deposit on Aug. 19, 2014. He was acquitted in a jury trial, and when he requested return of his $200,000 was given $180,000 — the county kept the remaining 10 percent for costs, under the state law.

Platt figures the “actual bail bond costs were far less than $20,000,” and in fact “were $100 or less.”

The proposed class would include anyone who had more than $100 withheld from a Cook County bail bond deposit — perhaps thousands of people. In addition to class certification and a jury trial, Platt asked the court to declare the previous bail bond fee structure unconstitutional, to order Cook County to fully refund all money paid as bail bond fees, less $100 per bond, plus legal fees.

Platt is represented in the action by the firms of Siprut P.C., of Chicago; Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, of Palatine; and Vake Low & Associates, of Palatine.



Recent Headlines

Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli on Gun Violence, Police Database.
Monday, August 26, 2019
WTTW

Assessor: Homes values, sale prices up in Schaumburg Township
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Daily Herald

Home improvement grant designed to get the lead out
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cook County Land Bank Authority Announces Opening of Registration to Give Away a Free Home
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Chicago Crusader

NEW ILLINOIS LAW ENDS $120 FEE TO CLEAR FALSE CRIMINAL RECORDS IN COOK COUNTY
Friday, August 09, 2019
Illinois Policy

Top Cook County Jail chess players take on the world
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Public defender takes shots at Chicago Police gun offender webpage
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Commentary: Data alone won’t stop Chicago gun violence; Cook County needs a public ‘Violence Reduction Dashboard’
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Jail detainees take on inmates around the world in online chess tournament
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Ongoing Bail Debate In Chicago
Monday, August 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Jail hosts international chess tournament
Monday, August 05, 2019
WGN Chicago

Cook County property taxes are due today, Aug. 1.
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Forest Preserves of Cook County Celebrate Dan Ryan Woods Investments
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Defender

Cook County TIFs generate $1.2 billion
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Changes coming to Cook County assessor’s office
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

In Chicago, TIF Revenues Soaring
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
WTTW News

A controversial tax subsidy program will generate a record $1.2 billion in revenue. Here’s what the number means for Chicago.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Group to rally in support of Kim Foxx as challengers emerge
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Report: Incarceration Rates Drop Nearly 20% Under Kim Foxx
Monday, July 29, 2019
WTTW Chicago

Lightfoot blames bond court reform for gun violence
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Chicago Reporter

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP