Racial profiling data measure passes Ill. House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A measure President Barack Obama originally pushed during his time in the Illinois Legislature to prevent racial profiling is closer to becoming a permanent law in Illinois.

The House on Thursday approved the legislation requiring police officers to record the ethnicity of every driver they stop. It now heads to the Senate.

Then-state Sen. Barack Obama and Democratic Rep. Monique Davis sponsored the original measure in 2004. It mandated the reporting for a three-year period, and had to be extended each time it expired. The current measure is set to expire in 2015.

Members of the House Black Caucus say racial profiling is still too prevalent in Illinois.

But law enforcement officials who oppose the legislation say there are other ways to examine racial profiling.

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The legislation is HB4442.