House passes Hoffman bill prohibiting ticket quotas

News-DemocratMay 21, 2014 

Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, looks on as lawmakers discuss state budget legislation on the House floor at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday. The Illinois House was voting on a proposed 2015 state budget that presumes the extension of an income tax increase, even though lawmakers have yet to come up with the votes for the extension. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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— Police departments would be prohibited from having ticket "quotas" under legislation approved Wednesday by the Illinois House.

The measure, sponsored in the House by Rep. Jay Hoffman, a Swansea Democrat, passed 106-9.

It would prohibit city, county and state police departments from requiring officers to issue a specified number of tickets within a specified time frame. It also would prohibit the departments from evaluating an officer by comparing the number of citations issued by that officer to the number issued by another officer.

Hoffman said a quota system "removes the discretion" from police and hurts their relationship with the public.

While the bill would prohibit ticket quotas, it would not prohibit police departments from evaluating police officers based on the number of "contacts" they have with the public. Contacts include traffic stops, arrests, written warnings, crime-prevention measures and community outreach.

Hoffman said Belleville, for example, requires officers to have a certain number of contacts with the public.

Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said state lawmakers shouldn't be interfering with the operation of local police departments. She said legislators would be "writing the employee handbook" for municipalities.

The measure already has passed the Senate, and now will go to the governor. All of the metro-east's senators and representatives voted in favor of the bill.

Contact reporter Brian Brueggemann at bbrueggemann@bnd.com or 239-2511.

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