Bill Text: IL SB2252 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the State Police Act. Provides that preference for the hiring of a Department of State Police officer shall be given to the son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandson, granddaughter, brother, or sister of a law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-5)

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-05-31 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee [SB2252 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB2252-Engrossed.html



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1 AN ACT concerning State government.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. This Act may be referred to as the Illinois
5State Police Line of Duty Preference Act of 2018.
6 Section 5. The State Police Act is amended by changing
7Section 9 as follows:
8 (20 ILCS 2610/9) (from Ch. 121, par. 307.9)
9 Sec. 9. Appointment; qualifications.
10 (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the
11appointment of Department of State Police officers shall be
12made from those applicants who have been certified by the Board
13as being qualified for appointment. All persons so appointed
14shall, at the time of their appointment, be not less than 21
15years of age, or 20 years of age and have successfully
16completed 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited
17college or university. Any person appointed subsequent to
18successful completion of 2 years of such law enforcement
19studies shall not have power of arrest, nor shall he be
20permitted to carry firearms, until he reaches 21 years of age.
21In addition, all persons so certified for appointment shall be
22of sound mind and body, be of good moral character, be citizens

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1of the United States, have no criminal records, possess such
2prerequisites of training, education and experience as the
3Board may from time to time prescribe, and shall be required to
4pass successfully such mental and physical tests and
5examinations as may be prescribed by the Board. Notwithstanding
6any Board rule to the contrary, all persons who meet one of the
7following requirements are deemed to have met the collegiate
8educational requirements:
9 (i) have been honorably discharged and who have been
10 awarded a Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign
11 Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign
12 Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, or Global War on Terrorism
13 Expeditionary Medal by the United States Armed Forces;
14 (ii) are active members of the Illinois National Guard
15 or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces
16 and who have been awarded a Southwest Asia Service Medal,
17 Kosovo Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal,
18 Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, or Global
19 War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal as a result of
20 honorable service during deployment on active duty;
21 (iii) have been honorably discharged who served in a
22 combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent
23 danger pay during deployment on active duty; or
24 (iv) have at least 3 years of full active and
25 continuous military duty and received an honorable
26 discharge before hiring.

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1 Preference shall be given in such appointments to persons
2who have honorably served in the military or naval services of
3the United States or to the son, daughter, stepson,
4stepdaughter, grandson, granddaughter, brother, or sister of a
5law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty as
6defined in Section 2 of the Line of Duty Compensation Act. In
7this paragraph, "law enforcement officer" means any person
8employed by a State, county, municipality, special district,
9college, unit of government, or any other entity authorized by
10law to employ peace officers or exercise police authority and
11who is primarily responsible for the prevention or detection of
12crime and the enforcement of the laws of this State. All
13appointees shall serve a probationary period of 12 months from
14the date of appointment and during that period may be
15discharged at the will of the Director. However, the Director
16may in his or her sole discretion extend the probationary
17period of an officer up to an additional 6 months when to do so
18is deemed in the best interest of the Department.
19 (b) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Act, after
20July 1, 1977 and before July 1, 1980, the Director of State
21Police may appoint and promote not more than 20 persons having
22special qualifications as special agents as he deems necessary
23to carry out the Department's objectives. Any such appointment
24or promotion shall be ratified by the Board.
25 (c) During the 90 days following the effective date of this
26amendatory Act of 1995, the Director of State Police may

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1appoint up to 25 persons as State Police officers. These
2appointments shall be made in accordance with the requirements
3of this subsection (c) and any additional criteria that may be
4established by the Director, but are not subject to any other
5requirements of this Act. The Director may specify the initial
6rank for each person appointed under this subsection.
7 All appointments under this subsection (c) shall be made
8from personnel certified by the Board. A person certified by
9the Board and appointed by the Director under this subsection
10must have been employed by the Illinois Commerce Commission on
11November 30, 1994 in a job title subject to the Personnel Code
12and in a position for which the person was eligible to earn
13"eligible creditable service" as a "noncovered employee", as
14those terms are defined in Article 14 of the Illinois Pension
15Code.
16 Persons appointed under this subsection (c) shall
17thereafter be subject to the same requirements and procedures
18as other State police officers. A person appointed under this
19subsection must serve a probationary period of 12 months from
20the date of appointment, during which he or she may be
21discharged at the will of the Director.
22 This subsection (c) does not affect or limit the Director's
23authority to appoint other State Police officers under
24subsection (a) of this Section.
25(Source: P.A. 100-11, eff. 7-1-17.)
26 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon

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1becoming law.
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