Fee bill for state police heads to governor

Staff reports

A measure that would double court administrative fees to help prevent 460 state trooper layoffs and the closing of five district headquarters is headed to the governor.

Senate Bill 3695, which could raise approximately $23 million, was approved 35-20 by the Senate today. It cleared the House first yesterday.

Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed budget cut general fund revenues for the State Police by $32 million.

The new fee would add $1-15 to any conviction in court or if court supervision is given. The amount of the fee is set by each county.

"The State Police write over a half a million tickets a year - $16 million in revenue - and the State Police gets nothing out of that," said Sen. Kim Lightford, D-Maywood. "All of that money goes right towards local government. It's time for them to share some of it, in the extent that we don't want to lose 460 state troopers, ladies and gentlemen. Our safety is at risk here."

The measure would also tack on an additional $100 fine to members of street gangs who are convicted of violating the criminal code.

The State Police Streetgang-Related Crime Fund would receive $95 of the fine, and $5 would go to the circuit courts' administrative funds.

State Capitol Bureau