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1    AN ACT concerning human rights.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief
5Commission Act is amended by changing Sections 5, 35, and 70 as
7    (775 ILCS 40/5)
8    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
9    (1) "Claim of torture" means a claim on behalf of a living
10person convicted of a felony in Illinois asserting that he was
11tortured into confessing to the crime for which the person was
12convicted and the tortured confession was used to obtain the
13conviction and for which there is some credible evidence
14related to allegations of torture occurring within a county of
15more than 3,000,000 inhabitants committed by Commander Jon
16Burge or any officer under the supervision of Jon Burge.
17    (2) "Commission" means the Illinois Torture Inquiry and
18Relief Commission established by this Act.
19    (3) "Convicted person" means the person making a claim of
20torture under this Act.
21    (4) "Director" means the Director of the Illinois Torture
22Inquiry and Relief Commission.
23    (5) "Victim" means the victim of the crime, or if the



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1victim of the crime is deceased, the next of kin of the victim,
2which shall be the parent, spouse, child, or sibling of the
3deceased victim.
4(Source: P.A. 96-223, eff. 8-10-09.)
5    (775 ILCS 40/35)
6    Sec. 35. Duties. The Commission shall have the following
7duties and powers:
8        (1) To establish the criteria and screening process to
9    be used to determine which cases shall be accepted for
10    review.
11        (2) To conduct inquiries into claims of torture with
12    priority to be given to those cases in which the convicted
13    person is currently incarcerated solely for the crime to
14    which he or she claims torture by Jon Burge or officers
15    under his command, or both.
16        (3) To coordinate the investigation of cases accepted
17    for review.
18        (4) To maintain records for all case investigations.
19        (5) To prepare written reports outlining Commission
20    investigations and recommendations to the trial court at
21    the completion of each inquiry.
22        (6) To apply for and accept any funds that may become
23    available for the Commission's work from government
24    grants, private gifts, donations, or bequests from any
25    source.



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1(Source: P.A. 96-223, eff. 8-10-09.)
2    (775 ILCS 40/70)
3    Sec. 70. Filing of claims. This Act applies to claims of
4torture filed not later than 10 5 years after the effective
5date of this Act.
6(Source: P.A. 96-223, eff. 8-10-09.)
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
8becoming law.