Police cordon off area in Chicago
(David Schaper/NPR)
January 05, 2015

Police Department Ticket Quotas Illegal In New Year

Some police departments in Illinois could be issuing fewer tickets in the new year. A new state law went into effect on Jan. 1 that aims to get rid of ticket quotas.

Very few police departments would ever admit to having a ticket quota -- a target number of tickets and other violations officers have to hit each month. Even if there's no official policy in place, some police departments still often follow a loose quota system.

State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says he was approached by cops around the state who said they were being evaluated based on the number of tickets they gave out. Manar says many of these departments feel pressured by shrinking budgets in smaller municipalities.

But he says quotas can lessen the quality of law enforcement, in favor of quantity.

"Police departments, whether they serve a small town or a county or a large urban city in the state, should not exist to be revenue-generating operations."

Manar's legislation was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in the summer, and took effect last week.


St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision on November 24.
(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)
December 19, 2014

St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

Some witnesses were clearly lying when they spoke to a grand jury about the August police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., according to St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch.


graphic of the seal of the university of illinois
credit: University of Illinois
December 18, 2014

U of I Task Force On Sexual Assault Begins Work

University of Illinois sealA University of Illinois task force on sexual assault has started meeting and plans to survey the school's three campuses to assess the situation at each.  

University spokesman Tom Hardy says the new task force met for the first time Wednesday. The group is supposed to finish surveys at the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses by the spring.  

University President Robert Easter created the group in late October. He said in a letter at the time that the task force was started because ``issues concerning sexual violence on college campuses have been in the national spotlight.''  

Sexual violence in college and the military has become a prominent national issue.  

Hardy says the task force has about 18 members. They include students as well as public-safety officials, student-services staff and others.


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