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New law aims to help fund non-profits

SPRINGFIELD -- Another new law will be costly for criminals.
SPRINGFIELD -- Another new law will be costly for criminals. Convicted felons or people convicted of certain other crimes, could be forced to pay fines towards non-profit groups.

It is meant to benefit CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, in Illinois. The money would be given to the group in the same county where the crime was committed.

The law is meant to help organizations often struggling to get funding. CASA Executive Director Rush Record says funding can be very hard to come by.

"Illinois CASA worked very hard to get this legislation passed as a way to help the local programs with their funding issues. CASA's don't get funded by the state legislature in Illinois, so this can offset some expense that CASA's have when operating in their counties."

Each of the state's 33 CASA organizations must request their county collect the fines. CASA of Champaign County hasn't decided whether it will ask for the money.
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