Rauner signs law making it harder for police to seize property

(Photo Credit: Governor Bruce Rauner’s office)

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a bill into law making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects.
House Bill 303 puts the burden of proof of law enforcement officials when seizing a car or other property in connection with a suspected crime. Current law allows police to confiscate property without even charging an owner for participation in an illegal activity.
The practice has been widely used for years. It’s often associated with the seizure of cash or automobiles in drug cases. The law makes authorities prove an owner consented to the property being used for illegal action. The law takes effect July 1.