Bill banning police ticket quotas passes in Illinois Senate

An Illinois State Police officer walks from a patrol car to issue a ticket for speeding to a driver in this file photo. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

April 11, 2014 9:28:53 AM PDT
Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the bill prevents any law enforcement agency from requiring officers to write a certain number of traffic citations within a specific time period. Police officers also couldn't be evaluated on the number of citations they issue. The measure was drafted by Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill.

It was approved Thursday on a 57-1 vote.

The lone vote against the bill came from Sen. Tim Bivins, a Republican who was once the sheriff in Lee County. He argues the legislation would give certain officers permission to slack off.

The measure now heads to the Illinois House.