101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced 2/15/2019, by Sen. Heather A. Steans
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
775 ILCS 40/5
775 ILCS 40/30
775 ILCS 40/70
Amends the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission Act. Changes
the definition of "claim of torture" to include allegations of torture
occurring throughout the State (rather than occurring within a county of
more than 3,000,000 inhabitants). Provides that, subject to appropriation,
the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission shall employ a legal
staff. Provides that the Act applies to any claims of torture filed after
the effective date of the Act (rather than filed not later than 10 years
after the effective date of the Act).
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning human rights.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief
Commission Act is amended by changing Sections 5, 30, and 70 as
(775 ILCS 40/5)
As used in this Act:
(1) "Claim of torture" means a claim on behalf of a living
person convicted of a felony in Illinois asserting that he was
tortured into confessing to the crime for which the person was
convicted and the tortured confession was used to obtain the
conviction and for which there is some credible evidence
related to allegations of torture occurring
within a county of more than 3,000,000 inhabitants
(2) "Commission" means the Illinois Torture Inquiry and
Relief Commission established by this Act.
(3) "Convicted person" means the person making a claim of
torture under this Act.
(4) "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Torture
Inquiry and Relief Commission.
(5) "Victim" means the victim of the crime, or if the
victim of the crime is deceased, the next of kin of the victim,