Illinois Criminal Justice Task Force Stalls in Advancing Proposals

Illinois Criminal Justice Task Force Stalls in Advancing Proposals

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A task force with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority stalled out in trying to advance proposals to the General Assembly on whether people can bring lawsuits against individual police.

The ICJIA’s Task Force on Constitutional Rights and Remedies, a group of lawmakers and stakeholders in law enforcement and civil rights groups, was created as part of recent sweeping criminal justice and police regulations enacted earlier this year.

There were 17 recommendations ranging from taking no action to passing the “Bad Apples Act” that allows cause of action against police officers.

After two opposite proposals both failed to advance, the committee took a pause.

ACLU of Illinois’ Peter Hannah said the Bad Apples Act was taken out of the bill enacted earlier this year so there can be further debate.

The group decided to recommend delaying the end-of-the-month deadline for a final report so they can continue to hash out differences of opinion, but that would require legislative action.