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Title:Forensic Science Commission, Illinois
Contact Name:Illinois State Police
Function:The Commission shall: (1) Provide guidance to ensure the efficient delivery of forensic services and the sound practice of forensic science. (2) Provide a forum for discussions between forensic science stakeholders to improve communication and coordination and to monitor the important issues impacting all stakeholders. (3) Take a systems-based approach in reviewing all aspects of the delivery of forensic services and the sound practice of forensic science with the goal of reducing or eliminating the factors and inefficiencies that contribute to backlogs and errors, with a focus on education and training, funding, hiring, procurement, and other aspects identified by the Commission. (4) Review significant non-conformities with the sound practice of forensic science documented by each publicly funded forensic laboratory and offer recommendations for the correction thereof. (5) Subject to appropriation, provide educational, research, and professional training opportunities for practicing forensic scientists, police officers, judges, State's Attorneys and Assistant State's Attorneys, Public Defenders, and defense attorneys comporting with the sound practice of forensic science. (6) Collect and analyze information related to the impact of current laws, rules, policies, and practices on forensic crime laboratories and the practice of forensic science; evaluate the impact of those laws, rules, policies, and practices on forensic crime laboratories and the practice of forensic science; identify new policies and approaches, together with changes in science, and technology; and make recommendations for changes to those laws, rules, policies, and practices that will yield better results in the criminal justice system consistent with the sound practice of forensic science. (7) Perform such other studies or tasks pertaining to forensic crime laboratories as may be requested by the General Assembly by resolution or the Governor, and perform such other functions as may be required by law or as are necessary to carry out the purposes and goals of the Commission prescribed in this Section. (8) Ensure that adequate resources and facilities are available for carrying out the changes proposed in legislation, rules, or policies and that rational priorities are established for the use of those resources. To do so, the Commission may prepare statements to the Governor and General Assembly identifying the fiscal and practical effects of proposed legislation, rules, or policy changes. Such statements may include, but are not limited to: the impact on present levels of staffing and resources; a professional opinion on the practical value of the change or changes; the increase or decrease the number of crime laboratories; the increase or decrease the cost of operating crime laboratories; the impact on efficiencies and caseloads; other information, including but not limited to, facts, data, research, and science relevant to the legislation, rule, or policy; the direct or indirect alteration in any process involving or used by crime laboratories of such proposed legislation, rules, or policy changes; an analysis of the impact, either directly or indirectly, on the technology, improvements, or practices of forensic analyses for use in criminal proceedings; together with the direct or indirect impact on headcount, space, equipment, instruments, accreditation, the volume of cases for analysis, scientific controls, and quality assurance.
Senate Confirmation:Yes
Qualifications:See composition.
Compensation:Expenses
Composition:he Commission shall be composed of the Director of the Illinois State Police, or his or her designee, together with the following members appointed for a term of 4 years by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate: (1) One crime laboratory director or administrator from each publicly funded forensic laboratory system. (2) One member with experience in the admission of forensic evidence in trials from a statewide association representing prosecutors. (3) One member with experience in the admission of forensic evidence in trials from a statewide association representing criminal defense attorneys. (4) Three forensic scientists with bench work background from various forensic disciplines (e.g., DNA, chemistry, pattern evidence, etc.). (5) One retired circuit court judge or associate circuit court judge with criminal trial experience, including experience in the admission of forensic evidence in trials. (6) One academic specializing in the field of forensic sciences. (7) One or more community representatives (e.g., victim advocates, innocence project organizations, sexual assault examiners, etc.).
Chair:Designated by the Governor
Authority:Public Act 102-523

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Kelly, BrendanStatuteDirector of Illinois State Police
VACANTGovernorMember, One crime laboratory director or administrator from each publicly funded forensic laboratory system
VACANTGovernorMember, One crime laboratory director or administrator from each publicly funded forensic laboratory system
VACANTGovernorMember, One crime laboratory director or administrator from each publicly funded forensic laboratory system
VACANTGovernorMember, Experience in the admission of forensic evidence in trials from a statewide association representing prosecutors
VACANTGovernorMember, Experience in the admission of forensic evidence in trials from a statewide association representing criminal defense attorneys
VACANTGovernorMember, Forensic scientists with bench work background from various forensic disciplines
VACANTGovernorMember, Forensic scientists with bench work background from various forensic disciplines
VACANTGovernorMember, Forensic scientists with bench work background from various forensic disciplines
VACANTGovernorMember, Retired circuit court judge or associate circuit court judge with criminal trial experience, including experience in the admission of forensic evidence in trials
VACANTGovernorMember, Academic specializing in the field of forensic sciences
VACANTGovernorMember, Community representative