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Full Text of HB0124  101st General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The State Police Act is amended by changing
5Section 9 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 2610/9)  (from Ch. 121, par. 307.9)
7    Sec. 9. Appointment; qualifications.
8    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the
9appointment of Department of State Police officers shall be
10made from those applicants who have been certified by the Board
11as being qualified for appointment. All persons so appointed
12shall, at the time of their appointment, be not less than 21
13years of age, or 20 years of age and have successfully
14completed an associate's degree or 60 credit hours 2 years of
15law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university.
16Any person appointed subsequent to successful completion of an
17associate's degree or 60 credit hours at an accredited college
18or university 2 years of such law enforcement studies shall not
19have power of arrest, nor shall he or she be permitted to carry
20firearms, until he or she reaches 21 years of age. In addition,
21all persons so certified for appointment shall be of sound mind
22and body, be of good moral character, be citizens of the United
23States, have no criminal records, possess such prerequisites of



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1training, education, and experience as the Board may from time
2to time prescribe so long as persons who have an associate's
3degree or 60 credit hours at an accredited college or
4university are not disqualified, and shall be required to pass
5successfully such mental and physical tests and examinations as
6may be prescribed by the Board. All Notwithstanding any Board
7rule to the contrary, all persons who meet one of the following
8requirements are deemed to have met the collegiate educational
10        (i) have been honorably discharged and who have been
11    awarded a Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign
12    Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign
13    Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, or Global War on Terrorism
14    Expeditionary Medal by the United States Armed Forces;
15        (ii) are active members of the Illinois National Guard
16    or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces
17    and who have been awarded a Southwest Asia Service Medal,
18    Kosovo Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal,
19    Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, or Global
20    War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal as a result of
21    honorable service during deployment on active duty;
22        (iii) have been honorably discharged who served in a
23    combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent
24    danger pay during deployment on active duty; or
25        (iv) have at least 3 years of full active and
26    continuous military duty and received an honorable



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1    discharge before hiring.
2    Preference shall be given in such appointments to persons
3who have honorably served in the military or naval services of
4the United States. All appointees shall serve a probationary
5period of 12 months from the date of appointment and during
6that period may be discharged at the will of the Director.
7However, the Director may in his or her sole discretion extend
8the probationary period of an officer up to an additional 6
9months when to do so is deemed in the best interest of the
10Department. Nothing in this subsection (a) limits the Board's
11ability to prescribe education prerequisites or requirements
12to certify Department of State Police officers for promotion as
13provided in Section 10 of this Act.
14    (b) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Act, after
15July 1, 1977 and before July 1, 1980, the Director of State
16Police may appoint and promote not more than 20 persons having
17special qualifications as special agents as he or she deems
18necessary to carry out the Department's objectives. Any such
19appointment or promotion shall be ratified by the Board.
20    (c) During the 90 days following the effective date of this
21amendatory Act of 1995, the Director of State Police may
22appoint up to 25 persons as State Police officers. These
23appointments shall be made in accordance with the requirements
24of this subsection (c) and any additional criteria that may be
25established by the Director, but are not subject to any other
26requirements of this Act. The Director may specify the initial



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1rank for each person appointed under this subsection.
2    All appointments under this subsection (c) shall be made
3from personnel certified by the Board. A person certified by
4the Board and appointed by the Director under this subsection
5must have been employed by the Illinois Commerce Commission on
6November 30, 1994 in a job title subject to the Personnel Code
7and in a position for which the person was eligible to earn
8"eligible creditable service" as a "noncovered employee", as
9those terms are defined in Article 14 of the Illinois Pension
11    Persons appointed under this subsection (c) shall
12thereafter be subject to the same requirements and procedures
13as other State police officers. A person appointed under this
14subsection must serve a probationary period of 12 months from
15the date of appointment, during which he or she may be
16discharged at the will of the Director.
17    This subsection (c) does not affect or limit the Director's
18authority to appoint other State Police officers under
19subsection (a) of this Section.
20(Source: P.A. 100-11, eff. 7-1-17.)