(20 ILCS 2715/40)
Powers and Duties of the Oversight Board.
The Oversight Board shall have the following powers, duties, and responsibilities:
(a) To operate purely as an advisory body. Any changes to rules and policy promoted by the Oversight Board are only recommendations, which may be reported to the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the General Assembly or to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
(b) To coordinate the development, adoption, and implementation of plans and strategies to eliminate racial profiling in Illinois and to coordinate the development, adoption, and implementation of plans and strategies to create public awareness programs in minority communities, designed to educate individuals regarding racial profiling and their civil rights.
(c) To promulgate model policies for police agencies that are designed to protect individuals' civil rights related to police traffic enforcement and to recommend to law enforcement agencies model rules as may be necessary to effectuate training regarding data collection and mechanisms to engage those agencies who willfully fail to comply with the requirements of the Traffic and Pedestrian Stop Statistical Study Act.
(d) To study and to issue reports and recommendations to the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the General Assembly regarding the following subjects by the following dates:
(1) no later than July 1, 2008, regarding strategies
to improve the benchmark data available to identify the race, ethnicity, and geographical residence of the Illinois driving population, beginning on August 1, 2008, with the collection of race and ethnicity data on new and renewal applicants for driver's licenses. This data shall be available for statistical benchmark comparison purposes only;
(2) no later than January 1, 2009, regarding data
collection requirements with respect to additional race and ethnicity categories to be added to the traffic stop statistical study in order to improve data collection among unreported and under-reported minority populations. The Board shall study, and recommend if required, at a minimum, data collection strategies, categories, and benchmarks for persons of Middle-Eastern origin. The Board shall also study stops lasting over 30 minutes and define categorical reasons for the extended stops;
(3) no later than July 1, 2009, regarding
technological solutions to aid in the identification, elimination, and prevention of racial profiling and to recommend funding sources for statewide implementation of the technological solutions;
(4) no later than January 1, 2010, regarding whether
Illinois should continue the mandatory data collection required under this Act, as well as the best practices of data collection as related to the identification, elimination, and prevention of bias-based policing; and
(5) on or before April 1 of each year, regarding the
Oversight Board's activities during the previous fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 99-352, eff. 1-1-16