(6) One shall be a former public defender.
The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Members may be re-appointed for additional terms, as provided for under Section 25.
(a-1) The Governor shall also appoint
alternate Commission members for the Commission members he or
she has appointed to serve in the event of scheduling
conflicts, conflicts of interest, disability, or other
disqualification arising in a particular case. Where an alternate member is called upon to serve in a particular place, the alternate member shall vote in the place of, and otherwise exercise the same powers as, the member which he or she is replacing. The alternate
member shall have the same qualifications for appointment as
the original member. In making the appointments, the Governor shall make a good faith effort to appoint members
with different perspectives of the justice system. The
Governor shall also consider geographical
location, gender, and racial diversity in making the
(b) The retired judge who is appointed as a member under subsection
(a) shall serve as Chair of the Commission. The Commission
shall have its initial meeting no later than one month after the appointment of a quorum of members of the Commission,
at the call of the Chair. The Commission shall meet a minimum
of once every 6 months and may also meet more often at the call
of the Chair. The Commission shall meet at such time and place
as designated by the Chair, in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Act. Notice of the meetings shall be
given at such time and manner as provided by the rules of the
Commission, in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Act. A majority of the voting members shall constitute a
quorum. All Commission votes shall be by majority vote of the voting members appointed.
(Source: P.A. 96-223, eff. 8-10-09.)