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Full Text of SB0204  98th General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning State 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 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited
15college or university. Any person appointed subsequent to
16successful completion of 2 years of such law enforcement
17studies shall not have power of arrest, nor shall he be
18permitted to carry firearms, until he reaches 21 years of age.
19In addition, all persons so certified for appointment shall be
20of sound mind and body, be of good moral character, be citizens
21of the United States, have no criminal records, possess such
22prerequisites of training, education and experience as the
23Board may from time to time prescribe, and shall be required to



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1pass successfully such mental and physical tests and
2examinations as may be prescribed by the Board. Notwithstanding
3any Board rule to the contrary, all persons who either: (i)
4have been honorably discharged and who have been awarded a
5Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Korean
6Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq
7Campaign Medal, or Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
8by the United States Armed Forces or (ii) are active members of
9the Illinois National Guard or a reserve component of the
10United States Armed Forces and who have been awarded a
11Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Korean
12Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq
13Campaign Medal, or Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
14as a result of honorable service during deployment on active
15duty, are deemed to have met the collegiate educational
16requirements. All persons who have been honorably discharged
17and who have been awarded an Afghan or Iraqi campaign medal by
18the military or naval services of the United States are deemed
19to have met the collegiate educational requirements,
20notwithstanding any Board rule. Preference shall be given in
21such appointments to persons who have honorably served in the
22military or naval services of the United States. All appointees
23shall serve a probationary period of 12 months from the date of
24appointment and during that period may be discharged at the
25will of the Director. However, the Director may in his or her
26sole discretion extend the probationary period of an officer up



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1to an additional 6 months when to do so is deemed in the best
2interest of the Department.
3    (b) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Act, after
4July 1, 1977 and before July 1, 1980, the Director of State
5Police may appoint and promote not more than 20 persons having
6special qualifications as special agents as he deems necessary
7to carry out the Department's objectives. Any such appointment
8or promotion shall be ratified by the Board.
9    (c) During the 90 days following the effective date of this
10amendatory Act of 1995, the Director of State Police may
11appoint up to 25 persons as State Police officers. These
12appointments shall be made in accordance with the requirements
13of this subsection (c) and any additional criteria that may be
14established by the Director, but are not subject to any other
15requirements of this Act. The Director may specify the initial
16rank for each person appointed under this subsection.
17    All appointments under this subsection (c) shall be made
18from personnel certified by the Board. A person certified by
19the Board and appointed by the Director under this subsection
20must have been employed by the Illinois Commerce Commission on
21November 30, 1994 in a job title subject to the Personnel Code
22and in a position for which the person was eligible to earn
23"eligible creditable service" as a "noncovered employee", as
24those terms are defined in Article 14 of the Illinois Pension
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1thereafter be subject to the same requirements and procedures
2as other State police officers. A person appointed under this
3subsection must serve a probationary period of 12 months from
4the date of appointment, during which he or she may be
5discharged at the will of the Director.
6    This subsection (c) does not affect or limit the Director's
7authority to appoint other State Police officers under
8subsection (a) of this Section.
9(Source: P.A. 97-640, eff. 12-19-11.)