Illinois Google Lawsuit • SAFE-T Act explained • new computer scam

Illinois residents who appeared in a photo on Google Photos could get a slice of a $100 million settlement, a new state law that comes into effect next year spurs backing forces from The Order of Illinois and the FBI of Chicago warn residents of a new computer scam targeting older Illinois.

1. Google Illinois Lawsuit: Residents Have Less Than 2 Weeks to File Claim and Receive Payment Illinois residents who have appeared in a photo on Google Photos within the past seven years may be eligible to receive part of a $100 million settlement. However, they must file their claim by September 24 to receive payment. A lawsuit alleged that Google violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, through its face clustering tool, which sorts faces in the app by similarity. The law, which came into effect in 2008, requires companies to obtain user consent to use such technology.

2. Illinois SAFE-T Law That Will End Cash Bail Explained A new state law that takes effect next year is spurring the pushback for Illinois law enforcement. It’s called the SAFE-T Act, and it aims to reform Illinois’ cash bond system. A number of state attorneys and sheriffs are sounding the alarm over Illinois’ plan to end cash bail. The new law which will come into force on January 1, 2023 abolishes the cash deposit entirely. It also limits who can be arrested and detained based on the crime they are suspected of having committed.

3. Pritzker ‘sets the record straight’ on Safe-T law ending cash bail in Illinois Governor JB Pritzker responds to rumors that Illinois’ new Safe-T law will be the onslaught of a real “purge”. On Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey said, “Chicago lives ‘The Purge’ when criminals rampage at will and cops are ordered to stand down.” The Safe-T Act will make Illinois the first state to eliminate cash bail, allowing certain suspected felons to be released on a promise to appear in court. Governor Pritzker says the goal is to address economic disparities in the criminal justice system.

4. Chicago FBI Warns of New Computer Scam Targeting Illinois Residents If you have parents or grandparents who aren’t tech savvy, the Chicago FBI wants you to warn them about a new scam targeting older Illinois. The scam starts with a pop-up window and for some victims, ended up costing them thousands of dollars. The pop-up window contains a phone number which is supposed to be a well-known security software company. However, if you dial it, it leads to scammers pretending to be from a bank or the Social Security Administration.

5. Illinois residents who qualify for tax rebates A number of Illinois residents may soon qualify for a tax refund. Under Governor JB Pritzker’s Illinois Family Relief Plan, one-time income and property tax refunds will be given to those who meet certain criteria. Eligible residents will receive a check in the mail or cash in their bank account.

6. Man robbed at gunpoint in Chicago alley speaks out A man was robbed at gunpoint in an attack that was caught on CCTV last Friday morning in the Bucktown neighborhood. Ryan King, 30, had just finished at the gym when the terrifying moment happened around 11am. Video from a neighbor’s camera in the driveway showed one of the suspects searching King’s pockets while the gun was still pointed at him. He says one of the suspects demanded his wallet.

seven. 13-Year-Old Boy Attempting To Break Into Kia Shot By Concealed Carry Permit Holder, Chicago Police Say Last Sunday in Chicago, a man with a concealed carry permit shot a 13-year-old boy who allegedly broke into his Kia. Chicago police said the 13-year-old was also carrying a gun. It all happened in South Langley in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood around 2:35 p.m.

8. Severe flooding on Chicago’s North Side, video shows submerged cars Parts of Chicago experienced severe flooding last Sunday, with roads blocked, basements under water and water gushing like geysers from the streets. At least two drivers got caught in deep water at the corner of Foster Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue on Chicago’s North Side.

9. Driver hits 4 people in Chicago parking lot after argument Chicago police say four people were injured when a driver ran them over in a parking lot after an argument. The crash happened outside of Las Islas Marias in Bricktown Square along West Fullerton on the northwest side around 4:30 p.m. last Saturday. Family members said they come to this restaurant often. An argument that started inside spilled out, and the driver of a black Tahoe hit four people in the parking lot and took off.

ten. Pritzker and Bailey clash over TV ad showing woman attacked in Chicago Illinois Governor JB Pritzker slams an independent ad campaign that blames him for rising violent crime since taking office. His Republican challenger, State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), hit back, saying Pritzker was divisive. The widely circulated ad features CCTV footage of a group attacking a lone woman on a street in the North Side Lake View neighborhood. There is no narration, just the chilling screams of the victim as at least three people knock her to the ground and attack her.

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