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Full Text of HB4295  103rd General Assembly


Rep. Sonya M. Harper

Filed: 4/1/2024





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4295 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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1liaison between the Director, the Chicago Police
2Superintendent, and agencies and nongovernmental organizations
3that provide services to victims, victims' families, and
4victims' communities. Task Force members shall serve without
5compensation but may, subject to appropriation, receive
6reimbursement for their expenses as members of the Task Force.
7    (b) There is created the Task Force on Missing and
8Murdered Chicago Women, which shall consist of the following
9individuals, or their designees, who are knowledgeable in
10crime victims' rights or violence protection and, unless
11otherwise specified, members shall be appointed for 2-year
12terms as follows:
13        (1) Two members of the Senate, one appointed by the
14    President of the Senate and one appointed by the Minority
15    Leader of the Senate;
16        (2) Two members of the House of Representatives, one
17    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
18    and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
19    Representatives;
20        (3) Two members from among the following appointed by
21    the Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
22    Information Authority or the Executive Director's
23    designee:
24            (A) an association representing Illinois chiefs of
25        police;
26            (B) an association representing Illinois sheriffs;



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



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1        provides advocacy or counseling for Chicago women and
2        girls who have been victims of violence;
3            (C) a statewide or local organization that
4        provides healthcare services to Chicago women and
5        girls;
6            (D) a statewide organization that represents women
7        and girls who have been sexually assaulted;
8            (E) a women's health organization or agency; or
9            (F) a Chicago woman who is a survivor of
10        gender-related violence; and .
11        (7) Two officers who are employed by the Chicago
12    Police Department nominated by the Chicago Police
13    Superintendent or the Chicago Police Superintendent's
14    designee and appointed by the Executive Director of the
15    Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority or the
16    Executive Director's designee.
17    (c) Vacancies in positions appointed by the Executive
18Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information
19Authority or the Executive Director's designee shall be filled
20by the Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice
21Information Authority or the Executive Director's designee
22consistent with the qualifications of the vacating member
23required by this Section.
24    (d) Task Force members shall annually elect a chair and
25vice-chair from among the Task Force's members, and may elect
26other officers as necessary. The Task Force shall meet at



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1least quarterly, or upon the call of its chair, and may hold
2meetings throughout the City of Chicago. The Task Force shall
3meet frequently enough to accomplish the tasks identified in
4this Section. Meetings of the Task Force are subject to the
5Open Meetings Act. The Task Force shall seek out and enlist the
6cooperation and assistance of nongovernmental organizations,
7community, and advocacy organizations working with the Chicago
8community, and academic researchers and experts, specifically
9those specializing in violence against Chicago women and
10girls, representing diverse communities disproportionately
11affected by violence against women and girls, or focusing on
12issues related to gender-related violence and violence against
13Chicago women and girls.
14    (e) The Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal
15Justice Information Authority or the Executive Director's
16designee shall convene the first meeting of the Task Force no
17later than 30 days after the appointment of a majority of the
18members of the Task Force. The Illinois Criminal Justice
19Information Authority shall provide meeting space and
20administrative assistance as necessary for the Task Force to
21conduct its work. The chair of the Task Force may call
22electronic meetings of the Task Force. A member of the Task
23Force participating electronically shall be deemed present for
24purposes of establishing a quorum and voting.
25    (f) The Task Force must examine and report on the



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1        (1) the systemic causes behind violence that Chicago
2    women and girls experience, including patterns and
3    underlying factors that explain why disproportionately
4    high levels of violence occur against Chicago women and
5    girls, including underlying historical, social, economic,
6    institutional, and cultural factors that may contribute to
7    the violence;
8        (2) appropriate methods for tracking and collecting
9    data on violence against Chicago women and girls,
10    including data on missing and murdered Chicago women and
11    girls;
12        (3) policies and institutions such as policing, child
13    welfare, medical examiner practices, and other
14    governmental practices that impact violence against
15    Chicago women and girls and the investigation and
16    prosecution of crimes of gender-related violence against
17    Chicago residents;
18        (4) measures necessary to address and reduce violence
19    against Chicago women and girls; and
20        (5) measures to help victims, victims' families, and
21    victims' communities prevent and heal from violence that
22    occurs against Chicago women and girls.
23    (g) The Task Force shall report on or before December 31 of
242024, and on or before December 31 of each year thereafter, to
25the General Assembly and the Governor on the work of the Task
26Force, including, but not limited to, the issues to be



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1examined in subsection (g), and shall include in the annual
2report recommendations regarding institutional policies and
3practices or proposed institutional policies and practices
4that are effective in reducing gender-related violence and
5increasing the safety of Chicago women and girls. The report
6shall include recommendations to reduce and end violence
7against Chicago women and girls and help victims and
8communities heal from gender-related violence and violence
9against Chicago women and girls.
10(Source: P.A. 102-1057, eff. 1-1-23; 103-154, eff. 6-30-23.)".