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Full Text of HB3550  97th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning local government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Fire Department Promotion Act is amended by
5changing Section 35 as follows:
6    (50 ILCS 742/35)
7    Sec. 35. Written examinations.
8    (a) The appointing authority may not condition eligibility
9to take the written examination on the candidate's score on any
10of the previous components of the examination. The written
11examination for a particular rank shall consist of matters
12relating to the duties regularly performed by persons holding
13that rank within the department. The examination shall be based
14only on the contents of written materials that the appointing
15authority has identified and made readily available to
16potential examinees at least 90 days before the examination is
17administered. The test questions and material must be pertinent
18to the particular rank for which the examination is being
19given. The written examination shall be administered after the
20determination and posting of the seniority list, ascertained
21merit points, and subjective evaluation scores. The written
22examination shall be administered, the test materials opened,
23and the results scored and tabulated.



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1    (b) Written examinations shall be graded at the examination
2site on the day of the examination immediately upon completion
3of the test in front of the observers if such observers are
4appointed under Section 25, or if the tests are graded offsite
5by a bona fide testing agency, the observers shall witness the
6sealing and the shipping of the tests for grading and the
7subsequent opening of the scores upon the return from the
8testing agency. Every examinee shall have the right (i) to
9obtain his or her score on the examination on the day of the
10examination or upon the day of its return from the testing
11agency (or the appointing authority shall require the testing
12agency to mail the individual scores to any address submitted
13by the candidates on the day of the examination); and (ii) to
14review the answers to the examination that the examiners
15consider correct. The appointing authority may hold a review
16session after the examination for the purpose of gathering
17feedback on the examination from the candidates. The review
18sessions shall be at no cost to the candidates.
19    (c) Sample written examinations may be examined by the
20appointing authority and members of the department, but no
21person in the department or the appointing authority (including
22the Chief, Civil Service Commissioners, Board of Fire and
23Police Commissioners, Board of Fire Commissioners, or Fire
24Protection District Board of Trustees and other appointed or
25elected officials) may see or examine the specific questions on
26the actual written examination before the examination is



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1administered. If a sample examination is used, actual test
2questions shall not be included. It is a violation of this Act
3for any member of the department or the appointing authority to
4obtain or divulge foreknowledge of the contents of the written
5examination before it is administered.
6    (d) Each department shall maintain reading and study
7materials for its current written examination and the reading
8list for the last 2 written examinations or for a period of 5
9years, whichever is less, for each rank and shall make these
10materials available and accessible at each duty station.
11    (e) The provisions of this Section do not apply to the
12extent that they are in conflict with provisions otherwise
13agreed to in a collective bargaining agreement.
14(Source: P.A. 93-411, eff. 8-4-03.)
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.