Public Act 102-0348
HB1765 EnrolledLRB102 03912 RLC 13927 b

    AN ACT concerning government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Empowering Public Participation Act.
    Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Background check" means a criminal history check using
the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS).
    "Law enforcement agency" means an agency of the State or
of a unit of local government charged with enforcement of
State, county, or municipal laws or with managing custody of
detained persons in the State.
    "Open meeting" has the meaning provided in Section 2 of
the Open Meetings Act.
    "Public body" has the meaning provided in Section 1.02 of
the Open Meetings Act, and also includes police disciplinary
    Section 10. Background checks on speakers prohibited.
    (a) A law enforcement agency or an officer employed by a
law enforcement agency may not knowingly and intentionally
conduct a background check of a person for the sole reason of
that person speaking at an open meeting of a public body,
including police disciplinary boards.
    (b) Subsection (a) does not apply: whenever an agency or
officer develops a reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct or
a reasonable suspicion of a threat to security for the
premises in which the meeting is to occur or for the protection
of public officials and other persons attending the meeting;
and whenever the person speaking at an open meeting of the
public body is also under consideration for appointment to a
government position by that public body.
    (c) This Act creates no claims for damages or other relief
for violations of this Act.
    Section 15. Penalty. A violation of subsection (a) of
Section 10 is a Class C misdemeanor.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/13/2021