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Ill. panel on race and drivers stuck in park

By CHRISTOPHER WILLS
Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois panel created to study racial profiling in traffic stops has fallen a bit behind in its work. Five years after state officials approved it, the group hasn't held a single meeting.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich never appointed anyone to serve on the board. Gov. Pat Quinn hasn't either, despite being in office for 2 ½ years.

Donald Jackson of the Illinois NAACP says the delay shows Quinn isn't taking the issue seriously.

The Democratic governor says he considers racial profiling a serious matter, but he offers vague answers about what's taking the appointments so long.

Each year, the state collects data on traffic stops to look for signs that minority drivers face discrimination. The oversight board is supposed to review the study and suggest new laws and policies.

 

Online:

Law creating oversight panel: http://tinyurl.com/3sjy8f3

Results of latest study: http://tinyurl.com/3keq725

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