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Full Text of HB4295  103rd 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 Task Force on Missing and Murdered Chicago
5Women Act is amended by changing Section 10 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 4119/10)
7    Sec. 10. Task Force on Missing and Murdered Chicago Women.
8    (a) The Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal
9Justice Information Authority or the Executive Director's
10designee, in consultation with the Director of the Illinois
11State Police and the Chicago Police Superintendent, shall
12appoint the non-legislative members to the Task Force on
13Missing and Murdered Chicago Women to advise the Director and
14the Chicago Police Superintendent and to report to the General
15Assembly on recommendations to reduce and end violence against
16Chicago women and girls. The Task Force may also serve as a
17liaison between the Director, the Chicago Police
18Superintendent, and agencies and nongovernmental organizations
19that provide services to victims, victims' families, and
20victims' communities. Task Force members shall serve without
21compensation but may, subject to appropriation, receive
22reimbursement for their expenses as members of the Task Force.
23    (b) There is created the Task Force on Missing and



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1Murdered Chicago Women, which shall consist of the following
2individuals, or their designees, who are knowledgeable in
3crime victims' rights or violence protection and, unless
4otherwise specified, members shall be appointed for 2-year
5terms as follows:
6        (1) Two members of the Senate, one appointed by the
7    President of the Senate and one appointed by the Minority
8    Leader of the Senate;
9        (2) Two members of the House of Representatives, one
10    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
11    and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
12    Representatives;
13        (3) Two members from among the following appointed by
14    the Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
15    Information Authority or the Executive Director's
16    designee:
17            (A) an association representing Illinois chiefs of
18        police;
19            (B) an association representing Illinois sheriffs;
20            (C) an officer who is employed by the Illinois
21        State Police; or
22            (D) an Illinois peace officer's association;
23        (4) One or more representatives from among the
24    following:
25            (A) an association representing State's Attorneys;
26            (B) an attorney representing the United States



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1        Attorney's Office in Chicago; or
2            (C) a circuit judge, associate judge, or attorney
3        working in juvenile court; or
4            (D) the Cook County Medical Examiner, or his or
5        her designee, or a representative from a statewide
6        coroner's or medical examiner's association or a
7        representative of the Department of Public Health;
8        (5) Two representatives for victims, with a focus on
9    individuals who work with victims of violence or their
10    families appointed by the Executive Director of the
11    Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority or the
12    Executive Director's designee; and
13        (6) Four or more members from among the following
14    appointed by the Executive Director of the Illinois
15    Criminal Justice Information Authority or the Executive
16    Director's designee:
17            (A) a statewide or local organization that
18        provides legal services to Chicago women and girls;
19            (B) a statewide or local organization that
20        provides advocacy or counseling for Chicago women and
21        girls who have been victims of violence;
22            (C) a statewide or local organization that
23        provides healthcare services to Chicago women and
24        girls;
25            (D) a statewide organization that represents women
26        and girls who have been sexually assaulted;



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1            (E) a women's health organization or agency; or
2            (F) a Chicago woman who is a survivor of
3        gender-related violence; and .
4        (7) Two officers who are employed by the Chicago
5    Police Department nominated by the Chicago Police
6    Superintendent or the Chicago Police Superintendent's
7    designee and appointed by the Executive Director of the
8    Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority or the
9    Executive Director's designee.
10    (c) Vacancies in positions appointed by the Executive
11Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information
12Authority or the Executive Director's designee shall be filled
13by the Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
14Information Authority or the Executive Director's designee
15consistent with the qualifications of the vacating member
16required by this Section.
17    (d) Task Force members shall annually elect a chair and
18vice-chair from among the Task Force's members, and may elect
19other officers as necessary. The Task Force shall meet at
20least quarterly, or upon the call of its chair, and may hold
21meetings throughout the City of Chicago. The Task Force shall
22meet frequently enough to accomplish the tasks identified in
23this Section. Meetings of the Task Force are subject to the
24Open Meetings Act. The Task Force shall seek out and enlist the
25cooperation and assistance of nongovernmental organizations,
26community, and advocacy organizations working with the Chicago



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1community, and academic researchers and experts, specifically
2those specializing in violence against Chicago women and
3girls, representing diverse communities disproportionately
4affected by violence against women and girls, or focusing on
5issues related to gender-related violence and violence against
6Chicago women and girls.
7    (e) The Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal
8Justice Information Authority or the Executive Director's
9designee shall convene the first meeting of the Task Force no
10later than 30 days after the appointment of a majority of the
11members of the Task Force. The Illinois Criminal Justice
12Information Authority shall provide meeting space and
13administrative assistance as necessary for the Task Force to
14conduct its work. The chair of the Task Force may call
15electronic meetings of the Task Force. A member of the Task
16Force participating electronically shall be deemed present for
17purposes of establishing a quorum and voting.
18    (f) The Task Force must examine and report on the
20        (1) the systemic causes behind violence that Chicago
21    women and girls experience, including patterns and
22    underlying factors that explain why disproportionately
23    high levels of violence occur against Chicago women and
24    girls, including underlying historical, social, economic,
25    institutional, and cultural factors that may contribute to
26    the violence;



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1        (2) appropriate methods for tracking and collecting
2    data on violence against Chicago women and girls,
3    including data on missing and murdered Chicago women and
4    girls;
5        (3) policies and institutions such as policing, child
6    welfare, medical examiner practices, and other
7    governmental practices that impact violence against
8    Chicago women and girls and the investigation and
9    prosecution of crimes of gender-related violence against
10    Chicago residents;
11        (4) measures necessary to address and reduce violence
12    against Chicago women and girls; and
13        (5) measures to help victims, victims' families, and
14    victims' communities prevent and heal from violence that
15    occurs against Chicago women and girls.
16    (g) The Task Force shall report on or before December 31 of
172024, and on or before December 31 of each year thereafter, to
18the General Assembly and the Governor on the work of the Task
19Force, including, but not limited to, the issues to be
20examined in subsection (g), and shall include in the annual
21report recommendations regarding institutional policies and
22practices or proposed institutional policies and practices
23that are effective in reducing gender-related violence and
24increasing the safety of Chicago women and girls. The report
25shall include recommendations to reduce and end violence
26against Chicago women and girls and help victims and



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1communities heal from gender-related violence and violence
2against Chicago women and girls.
3(Source: P.A. 102-1057, eff. 1-1-23; 103-154, eff. 6-30-23.)