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Legislation to Ban Police Ticket Quotas Passes Illinois Senate

The bill also states that officers would not be evaluated based on the number of citations they give

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    Legislation passed in the Illinois Senate Thursday would ban the use of police ticket quotas at any state, county and municipal police departments.

    A bill preventing the use of police ticket quotas passed in the Illinois Senate Thursday in a 57-1 vote.

    The legislation would prevent ticket quotas at any state, county and municipal police departments. It also states that departments would not be allowed to evaluate an officer's performance based on the number of citations they issue.

    The bill had the support of 19 sponsors in the Senate, including Sen. Kirk Dillard. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, however, fought the measures.

    "While law enforcement executives strongly agree with eliminating the imposition of arbitrary traffic ticket quotas, the bill would also eliminate vital data-driven performance measures used to assist in the performance appraisal of police officers," John H. Kennedy, the executive director of the association, said in an April 4 statement.

    "Under the provisions of this bill, Illinois would stand to lose millions of dollars in federal highway traffic safety funding for DUI saturation patrols, restraint enforcement details and speed reduction campaigns."

    The one "no" vote for the legislation came from Sen. Tim Bivins of the 45th District.