ILLINOIS SEX OFFENSES & OFFENDER
REGISTRATION TASK FORCE

About the Task Force

In 2016, Illinois created the Sex Offenses and Sex Offender Registration Task Force.

By statute, the Task Force was given the following mandates:

  • To "examine current offenses that require offenders to register as sex offenders, the current data and research regarding evidence based practices, the conditions, restrictions, and outcomes for registered sex offenders, and the registration process."
  • To "hold public hearings at the call of the co-chairpersons to receive testimony from the public and make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding legislative changes to more effectively classify sex offenders based on their level of risk of re-offending, better direct resources to monitor the most violent and high risk offenders, and to ensure public safety."
  • To issue a written report of findings and recommendations to the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2018.

Public Act 099-0873 is available at https://goo.gl/whvww3

Members

The Task Force shall be an independent Task Force under the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority for administrative purposes, and shall consist of the following members:

  1. The Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority:
    John Maki
    Executive Director
    Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
  2. The Director of Corrections, or his or her designee:
    John Baldwin
    Director
    Illinois Department of Corrections
    Designee:
    Alyssa Williams-Schafer
    Public Services Administrator
    Illinois Department of Corrections
  3. The Director of Juvenile Justice, or his or her designee:
    Heidi E. Mueller
    Acting Director
    Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  4. Two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall serve as co-chairperson:
    Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
    State Representative
    34th District
    Elaine Nekritz
    State Representative
    57th District
  5. Two members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, one of whom shall serve as a co-chairperson:
    VACANT
    VACANT
  6. A member of the Senate appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate:
    John Cabello
    State Representative
    68th District
  7. The Director of State Police, or his or her designee:
    Leo Schmitz
    Director
    Illinois State Police
    Designee:
    Tracie Newton
    Offender Registration Unit
    Illinois State Police
  8. The Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, or his or her designee:
    Eddie Johnson
    Superintendent of Police
    Chicago Police Department
    Designee:
    Deputy Chief Kathleen Boehmer
    Sergeant Maria L. Jacobson
    Chicago Police Department
  9. The Chairperson of the Juvenile Justice Commission, or his or her designee:
    Hon. George Timberlake
    Chair
    Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
    Designee (co-member):
    Lisa Jacobs
    Vice Chair
    Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
  10. A representative of a statewide organization against sexual assault, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
    Lynne Johnson
    Policy Director
    Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
  11. Two academics or researchers who have studied issues related to adult sex offending, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
    Mike Fogel
    Associate Professor Department of Forensic Psychology
    Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    VACANT
  12. A representative of a legal organization that works with adult sex offenders who focus on the collateral consequences of conviction and registration, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
    Beth Johnson
    Director, Legal Programs
    Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  13. A representative of a statewide organization representing probation and court services agencies in this State, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
    Michael J. Tardy
    Director
    Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC)
    1. A representative of a statewide organization representing probation and court services agencies in this State, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Michael J. Tardy
      Director
      Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC)
    2. A representative of a statewide organization representing Illinois sheriffs, appointed by the Executive Director ofthe Authority:
      Greg Sullivan
      Executive Director
      Illinois Sheriff Association
    3. A representative of a statewide organization representing Illinois police chiefs, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Greg Sullivan
      Executive Director
      Illinois Sheriff Association
    4. Two State's Attorneys to be appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Kim Foxx
      State’s Attorney
      Cook County
      Designees:
      Jennifer Gonzalez
      Supervisor of the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division
      Cook County State’s Attorneys’ Office
      Mary Boland
      Assistant State’s Attorney
      Cook County State’s Attorneys’ Office
      Jason Chambers
      State’s Attorney
      McLean County
    5. Two treatment providers who specialize in adult treatment appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Gary Lemmon
      Licensed Clinical Social Worker
      (retired from United Methodist Children’s Home, where he was the executive director)
      Becky Palmer
      Training, Consultation & Treatment
      (Formerly the Sr. VP of Clinical at Alternative Behavior Treatment Center)
    6. A treatment provider who specializes in working with victims of sex offenses, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Darla Wexstten
      Clinical Social Worker
    7. Two representatives from community-based organizations that work with adults convicted of sex offenses on re- entry appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Tony Lowery
      Director of Policy & Advocacy
      Safer Foundation
      Mike Davis
      Associate Executive Director Prisoner and Family Ministry
    8. A representative of a statewide organization that represents or coordinates services for victims of sex offenses, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Polly Poskin
      Executive Director
      Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
    9. A representative of a statewide organization that represents or is comprised of individuals convicted as adults of a sex offense who are currently on a registry, appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      VACANT
    10. A public defender to be appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Amy Campanelli
      Public Defender
      Cook County
    11. An appellate defender to be appointed by the Executive Director of the Authority:
      Jacqueline Bullard
      Deputy Defender
      4th Judicial Circuit

    Meetings

    Resources

    March 10, 2017
    January 23, 2017
    December 5, 2016

    UPCOMING MEETINGS

    • Friday, March 10th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      Recidivism and Treatment
    • Wednesday, April 19th from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
      Risk Assessment
    • Wednesday, May 3rd from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
      Illinois Sex Offender Registry and Notification
    • Wednesday, June 14th from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

    Three video conferencing sites for these meetings:

    • Chicago - Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St, Room 16-504
    • Springfield – Capitol City Training Center, 130 W Mason St., Room 104
    • Marion – HFS, 3419 Professional Park Drive

    Call-in option for all meetings:

    • 1-888-494-4032
    • Passcode: 7640884751