(CBS) — Cook County has received a nearly $2 million grant to support its bail reform efforts.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the Loop.

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Julia Stasch, President of the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, says Cook County was given the $1.85 million Justice Challenge Grant for comprehensive programs to reduce the number of people held in jail as they await trial.

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Chief Cook County Judge Tim Evans says the courts how have guidelines that allow most non-violent defendants to go free without posting cash bond.

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But County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says there’s more work to do because many minorities stay behind bars while waiting on their cases.