“Local advocates see the suspension as something to build on. ‘My initial reaction was, ‘This is a great place to start.’ And I emphasize ‘start’ because it’s just a start,’ said Rose Grillier, co-president emeritus of POWER-PAC IL, a membership group organized by Community Organizing and Family Issues, a Chicago-based nonprofit that has spearheaded the efforts to reform the fee-and-fine system in Illinois.
‘Our drive now is to make this permanent,’ Grillier said. ‘The whole premise of this work is to not build municipalities’ budgets on the backs of people who are already struggling, particularly the poor or people in financially challenged communities.’”
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