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Illinois Police Association LEGISLATION UPDATE...

There are over 50 different types of bills pertaining to law enforcement in one way or another.

Law Enforcement pensions have been targeted in the Illinois General Assembly for the past several years.

This bill in its original form stated that if a law enforcement officer retires and collecting a police pension and you go to work for another municipal police department as either a Chief or an Officer, you must stop collecting your pension while you are working in the new job. This original bill was defeated for the past several years. This year new language was added. The bill provides that if a police officer is receiving pension payments and returns to active service with any municipality that has established a downstate pension fund, the officer may continue to receive those pension payments but must not participate in a second pension plan. Instead, he or she can participate in a municipalityís defined contribution plan as the bill requires municipalities to establish a defined contribution plan.

SB58: Passed: Police Shooting-Drug Test; Would provide that each law enforcement agency adopt a written policy regarding drug testing following an officer involved shooting and have the officer submit to an alcohol and drug test.

SB31: Passed: Law Enforcement-Immigration: This provides that a law enforcement agency or official shall not detain or continue to detain any individual solely on the basis of any immigration detainer or administrative warrant or otherwise comply with an immigration detainer or administrative warrant after that individual becomes eligible for release from custody. If also provides that a law enforcement agency or official shall not (1) give any immigration agent access to any individual, (2) transfer any person into an immigration agentís custody, (3) permit immigration agents use of agency facilities or equipment, including any agency electronic databases not available to the public for investigative interviews or other investigative purpose in executing an immigration enforcement operation or respond to immigration agent inquires any individualís incarceration status, release date or contact information except insofar as the agency makes that information available to the public.

HB351: Crim CD-Sexual Assault: This would provide that the sentence for aggravated criminal sexual assault, which does not otherwise provide for an enhanced penalty, is a Class X felony for which 5 years shall be added to the term of imprisonment imposed by the Court. It would also provide that the sentence of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, which does not otherwise provide for an enhanced penalty, is a Class X felony with a minimum term of imprisonment of 11 years rather than 6 years.

HB270: Investigation of Police; This would create the Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Investigation Act: This would provide that allegations of sexual assault by a police officer while performing his or her duties shall immediately be reported to the police officerís supervisory or command personnel and an independent law enforcement agency.

HB309: Sex Offender Reg Loss Employment: Would provide that a registered sex offender who loses his or her job must report in person to the law enforcement agency with which he or she last registered his or her loss of employment within 3 days of that loss of employment.

HB233: Crim ID Sealing Records; Would provide that records of conviction for any non-violent offense or any criminal offense that did not result in bodily harm or death to another person may be sealed 10 years after the termination of the petitionerís last sentence.

HB217: Crim CD Cyber Bulling:

HB1581: CD Corr-Veh Wheel Load Finds: This bill reduces the amounts that truck owners would pay by 33%, likely resulting in a loss of up to $1 million for police training each year.

There are a number of PENSION Cutting Bills that are in the General Assembly. SB16, SB704, HB4027 and HB4045.
These bills have (2) options:
(1) Accepting a delay and reduction in his or her cost of living annual adjustment when he or she retires or (2) agreeing that his or her pension benefit would be calculated using only his or her current salary, excluding all future pay increases from calculation of his or her benefit. No matter which choice an employee makes, he or she would lose tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of his or her retirement years. The General Assembly acted in 2010 to significantly reduce the pension benefits of all those hired after January 1, 2011

(Using option (2). The courts have consistently ruled that only the benefits of current employees and retirees are constitutionally protected. Benefit reductions-or even elimination, are legal for any employee not yet hired at the time changes to the pension code are made. Contact your State Representatives and urge them to vote NO on these bills or any other bills that cut pensions of public employees.
Updated 6/21/2017

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