Cook County commissioners remain at odds with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. But commissioners did agree Wednesday to hold a hearing on whether to follow ICE's order to keep suspected illegal immigrants charged with a crime in jail while federal officials check their immigration status. The hearing would center around a proposal by commissioner Timothy Schneider (R-Streamwood) that would allow the county to hold suspected illegal immigrants, but only in felony cases or instances when the suspect is listed in the federal terrorism database.
Preckwinkle said last week that the problem is not one of immigration policy, but the county's bail system. She wants a task force to examine how bail is set in the county.