Illinois Editorial: Renew traffic stop data law swiftly

Every summer the state of Illinois releases a comprehensive, community by community list of how often police traffic stops include minority motorists.

The Illinois Department of Transportation report goes into substantial detail, citing reasons for the stops, frequency of ticketing versus warnings, frequency of searches and how often contraband is found. It comes from records kept by local, county and state police agencies.

But the law requiring that data collection and release, already renewed several times since then-state Sen. Barack Obama championed its creation early last decade, is scheduled to expire this summer.

That means no more reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Illinois chapter recently created its own website analyzing the publicly available data, again putting attention on what we learn from the reports.