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Kane may hike fines to pay for new court records system

Updated: October 25, 2012 6:08AM

People convicted of crimes in Kane County may have to pay a couple dollars more in fines, to help the county pay for a new case management system for the courts.

A proposal for a $2 fee to be paid by those found guilty on traffic, misdemeanor and felony charges could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in income, depending on case volume, State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. The proposal for the new fee passed the county’s Judicial and Public Safety Committee on Friday, and will next go to the Finance Committee.

“If this is a source, and obviously it is significant, it will help this,” committee member and Finance Chairman Jim Mitchell said.

The funds would be for the State’s Attorney Records Automation Special Revenue Fund. It would fund computer hardware and software, research and development costs, and related personnel costs.

The county has been in discussions for a new case management system that would link court data between the various court departments.

Committee member Phil Lewis said he favored a user-generated fee, instead of funding by taxes.

“I think if there’s an opportunity for them to fund that service, we should do it,” he said.

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