Sen. Robert Peters

Filed: 3/31/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4736 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
"Article 1.

5    Section 1-1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the
6Crime Reduction Task Force Act. References in this Article to
7"this Act" mean this Article.
8    Section 1-5. Crime Reduction Task Force; creation;
9purpose. The Crime Reduction Task Force is created. The
10purpose of the Task Force is to develop and propose policies
11and procedures to reduce crime in the State of Illinois.
12    Section 1-10. Task Force members.
13    (a) The Crime Reduction Task Force shall be composed of
14the following members:



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1        (1) two State Senators, appointed by the President of
2    the Senate;
3        (2) two State Representatives, appointed by the
4    Speaker of the House of Representatives;
5        (3) one State Senator, appointed by the Minority
6    Leader of the Senate;
7        (4) one State Representative, appointed by the
8    Minority Leader of the House of Representatives;
9        (5) the Director of the Illinois State Police, or his
10    or her designee;
11        (6) the Attorney General, or his or her designee;
12        (7) a retired judge, appointed by the Governor;
13        (8) a representative of a statewide association
14    representing State's Attorneys, appointed by the Governor;
15        (9) a representative of a statewide association
16    representing public defenders, appointed by the Governor;
17        (10) the executive director of a statewide association
18    representing county sheriffs or his or her designee,
19    appointed by the Governor;
20        (11) the executive director of a statewide association
21    representing chiefs of police, appointed by the Governor;
22        (12) a representative of a statewide organization
23    protecting civil liberties, appointed by the Governor;
24        (13) one justice-involved member of the public,
25    appointed by the Governor; and
26        (14) four justice-involved members of the public,



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1    appointed one each by the President of the Senate, Speaker
2    of the House of Representatives, Minority Leader of the
3    Senate, and Minority Leader of the House of
4    Representatives.
5    As used in this Act, "justice-involved" means having had
6interactions with the criminal justice system as a defendant,
7victim, or witness or immediate family member of a defendant,
8victim, or witness.
9    (b) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
10House shall appoint co-chairpersons for the Task Force. The
11Task Force shall have all appointments made within 30 days of
12the effective date of this Act.
13    (c) The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
14shall provide administrative and technical support to the Task
15Force and be responsible for administering its operations and
16ensuring that the requirements of the Task Force are met. The
17members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation.
18    Section 1-15. Meetings; report.
19    (a) The Task Force shall meet at least 4 times with the
20first meeting occurring within 60 days after the effective
21date of this Act.
22    (b) The Task Force shall review available research and
23best practices and take expert and witness testimony.
24    (c) The Task Force shall produce and submit a report
25detailing the Task Force's findings, recommendations, and



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1needed resources to the General Assembly and the Governor on
2or before March 1, 2023.
3    Section 1-20. Repeal. This Act is repealed on March 1,
Article 2.

6    Section 2-90. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information
7Act is amended by adding Section 7.10 as follows:
8    (20 ILCS 3930/7.10 new)
9    Sec. 7.10. Grant program. Subject to appropriation, the
10Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority shall
11establish a grant program for organizations and units of local
12government for the purposes of providing a tip hotline or
13other system for crime victims and witnesses that:
14        (1) allows the callers or participants to remain
15    anonymous; and
16        (2) provides cash rewards for tips that lead to
17    arrest.
18    Section 2-95. The Gang Crime Witness Protection Act of
192013 is amended by changing Sections 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25
20as follows:



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1    (725 ILCS 173/1)
2    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Violent
3Gang Crime Witness Protection Act of 2013.
4(Source: P.A. 98-58, eff. 7-8-13.)
5    (725 ILCS 173/5)
6    Sec. 5. Definition. As used in this Act, "violent crime"
7means a violent crime as that term is defined in Section 3 of
8the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act "gang crime"
9means any criminal offense committed by a member of a "gang" as
10that term is defined in Section 10 of the Illinois Streetgang
11Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act when the offense is in
12furtherance of any activity, enterprise, pursuit, or
13undertaking of a gang.
14(Source: P.A. 98-58, eff. 7-8-13.)
15    (725 ILCS 173/10)
16    Sec. 10. Financial Assistance Program. No later than
17January 1, 2023 Subject to appropriation, the Illinois
18Criminal Justice Information Authority, in consultation with
19the Office of the Attorney General, shall establish and
20administer a program to assist victims and witnesses who are
21actively aiding in the prosecution of perpetrators of violent
22gang crime, and appropriate related persons or victims and
23witnesses determined by the Authority to be at risk of a
24discernible threat of violent crime. The program shall be



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1administered by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information
2Authority. The program shall offer, among other things,
3financial Financial assistance, including financial assistance
4on an emergency basis, that may be provided, upon application
5by a State's Attorney or the Attorney General, or a chief
6executive of a police agency with the approval from the
7State's Attorney or Attorney General, investigating or
8prosecuting a gang crime occurring under the State's
9Attorney's or Attorney General's respective jurisdiction, from
10funds deposited in the Violent Gang Crime Witness Protection
11Program Fund and appropriated from that Fund for the purposes
12of this Act.
13(Source: P.A. 98-58, eff. 7-8-13.)
14    (725 ILCS 173/15)
15    Sec. 15. Funding. The Illinois Criminal Justice
16Information Authority, in consultation with the Office of the
17Attorney General, shall adopt rules for the implementation of
18the Violent Gang Crime Witness Protection Program. Assistance
19shall be subject to the following limitations:
20        (a) Funds shall be limited to payment of the
21    following:
22            (1) emergency or temporary living costs;
23            (2) moving expenses;
24            (3) rent;
25            (3.5) utilities;



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1            (4) security deposits for rent and utilities; and
2            (5) other appropriate expenses of relocation or
3        transition;
4            (6) mental health treatment; and
5            (7) lost wage assistance.
6        (b) Approval of applications made by State's Attorneys
7    shall be conditioned upon county funding for costs at a
8    level of at least 25%, unless this requirement is waived
9    by the administrator, in accordance with adopted rules,
10    for good cause shown. ;
11        (c) Counties providing assistance consistent with the
12    limitations in this Act may apply for reimbursement of up
13    to 75% of their costs. ;
14        (d) No more than 50% of funding available in any given
15    fiscal year may be used for costs associated with any
16    single county. ; and
17        (e) Before the Illinois Criminal Justice Information
18    Authority distributes moneys from the Violent Gang Crime
19    Witness Protection Program Fund as provided in this
20    Section, it shall retain 5% 2% of those moneys for
21    administrative purposes.
22        (f) Direct reimbursement is allowed in whole or in
23    part.
24        (g) Implementation of the Violent Crime Witness
25    Protection Program is contingent upon and subject to there
26    being made sufficient appropriations for implementation of



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1    that program.
2(Source: P.A. 98-58, eff. 7-8-13; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)
3    (725 ILCS 173/20)
4    Sec. 20. Violent Gang Crime Witness Protection Program
5Fund. There is created in the State treasury Treasury the
6Violent Gang Crime Witness Protection Program Fund into which
7shall be deposited appropriated funds, grants, or other funds
8made available to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information
9Authority to assist State's Attorneys and the Attorney General
10in protecting victims and witnesses who are aiding in the
11prosecution of perpetrators of violent gang crime, and
12appropriate related persons or victims and witnesses
13determined by the Authority to be at risk of a discernible
14threat of violent crime.
15(Source: P.A. 98-58, eff. 7-8-13; 99-576, eff. 7-15-16.)
16    (725 ILCS 173/25)
17    Sec. 25. Beginning of operation. Subject to appropriation,
18the The program created by this Act shall begin operation on
19January 1, 2023 July 1, 2013.
20(Source: P.A. 98-58, eff. 7-8-13.)
21    Section 2-100. The State Finance Act is amended by
22changing Section 5.833 as follows:



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1    (30 ILCS 105/5.833)
2    Sec. 5.833. The Violent Gang Crime Witness Protection
3Program Fund.
4(Source: P.A. 98-58, eff. 7-8-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)
Article 99.

6    Section 99-99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
7becoming law.".