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Illinois groups against cash bond and pretrial detention rallied in Springfield last weekend to call for reform of pretrial practices.  

Margaret Tucker, of Springfield, joined several dozen advocates on a march to the Sangamon County Jail to share her family’s experience with the pretrial system. She said her son spent two years in jail in the 90s because her family could not afford to pay his bond. 

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Several officials in central Illinois say they don't agree with the Cook County sheriff's idea to abolish the state's cash-bond system.

The State Journal-Register reports that under current state law, judges set bonds to ensure defendants show up for court and don't pose a danger to the community.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says Illinois' current system isn't fair to low-level defendants who can't afford to pay, and that it's dangerous when defendants with violent backgrounds are freed until trial.