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50 ILCS 705/3.1
(50 ILCS 705/3.1)
Illinois Law Enforcement Certification Review Panel.
(a) There is hereby created the Illinois Law Enforcement Certification Review Panel. The Panel shall be composed of the following members, to be appointed in accordance with this Section no later than 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly. An individual serving on the Panel shall not also serve on the Board.
(1) The Governor shall appoint 4 members as
prescribed in this paragraph (1): one person who shall be an active member from a statewide association representing State's Attorneys; and 3 persons who shall be Illinois residents who are from communities with disproportionately high instances of interaction with law enforcement, as indicated by a high need, underserved community with high rates of gun violence, unemployment, child poverty, and commitments to Illinois Department of Corrections, but who are not themselves law enforcement officers. The initial appointments of the Governor shall be for a period of 3 years. Their successors shall be appointed in like manner for terms to expire the first Monday of June each 3 years thereafter. All members shall serve until their respective successors are appointed and qualify. Vacancies shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired terms. Terms shall run regardless of whether the position is vacant.
(2) The Attorney General shall appoint 9 members as
prescribed in this paragraph (2). The membership shall have racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity and include the following: two persons who shall be active members of statewide organization representing more than 20,000 active and retired law enforcement officers; one person who shall be an active member of a statewide organization representing more than 3,000 active and retired law enforcement officials; one person who shall be an active member of a statewide association representing a minimum of 75 sheriffs; one person who shall be an active member of a statewide association representing at least 200 municipal police chiefs; two persons who shall be active members of a minority law enforcement association; one person who shall be a representative of the victims' advocacy community but shall not be a member of law enforcement; and one person who shall be a resident of Illinois and shall not be an employee of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. The members shall serve for a 3-year term and until their respective successors are appointed and qualify. The members' successors shall be appointed in like manner for terms to expire the first Monday of June each 3 years thereafter. Any vacancy of these positions shall be filled by the Attorney General for the unexpired term. The term shall run regardless of whether the position is vacant.
(b) The Panel shall annually elect by a simple majority vote one of its members as chairperson and one of its members as vice-chairperson. The vice-chairperson shall serve in the place of the chairperson at any meeting of the Panel in which the chairperson is not present. If both the chairperson and the vice-chairperson are absent at any meeting, the members present shall elect by a simple majority vote another member to serve as a temporary chairperson for the limited purpose of that meeting. No member shall be elected more than twice in succession to the same office. Each member shall serve until that member's successor has been elected and qualified.
(c) The Board shall provide administrative assistance to the Panel.
(d) The members of the Panel shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for their actual and necessary expenses in attending meetings and in the performance of their duties hereunder.
(e) Members of the Panel will receive initial and annual training that is adequate in quality, quantity, scope, and type, and will cover, at minimum the following topics:
(1) constitutional and other relevant law on
police-community encounters, including the law on the use of force and stops, searches, and arrests;
(2) police tactics;
(3) investigations of police conduct;
(4) impartial policing;
(5) policing individuals in crisis;
(6) Illinois police policies, procedures, and
(7) procedural justice; and
(8) community outreach.
The Board shall determine the content and extent of the training within the scope provided for by this subsection.
(f) The State shall indemnify and hold harmless members of the Panel for all of their acts, omissions, decisions, or other conduct
arising out of the scope of their service on the Panel, except those involving willful or wanton misconduct. The method of providing indemnification shall be as provided in the State Employee Indemnification Act.
(g) When a Panel member may have an actual, perceived, or potential conflict of interest or appearance of bias that could prevent the Panel member from making a fair and impartial decision on a complaint or formal complaint:
(1) The Panel member shall self-recuse.
(2) If the Panel member fails to self-recuse, then
the remaining members of the Panel may, by a simple majority, vote to recuse the Panel member. Any Panel member who is found to have voted on a matter in which they should have self-recused may be removed from the Panel by the State official who initially appointed the Panel member. A conflict of interest or appearance of bias may include, but is not limited to, matters where one of the following is a party to a certification decision for formal complaint: someone with whom the member has an employment relationship; any of the following relatives: spouse, parents, children, adopted children, legal wards, stepchildren, stepparents, step siblings, half siblings, siblings, parents-in-law, siblings-in-law, children-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; a friend; or a member of a professional organization or association in which the member now actively serves.
(h) A vacancy in membership does not impair the ability of a quorum to exercise all rights and perform all duties of the Panel.
(i) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly and Public Act 101-652 take effect July 1, 2022.
(Source: P.A. 101-652, eff. 1-1-22; 102-694, eff. 1-7-22.)