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Lawmakers ban some background checks on people who sign up to speak at public hearings

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On Sunday, Buckner told the Tribune he felt the background checks on Police Board speakers were “a horrible abuse of power.” He noted how the bill’s passage comes at an important time, especially for communities of color, as sweeping criminal justice reform legislation — the abolition of the cash bail system, the elimination of the requirement to sign sworn affidavits when filing complaints against cops, among other measures — soon goes into effect in Illinois.

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