Measure to continue collecting data on police stops advances out of Illinois House committee

State lawmakers could continue to require law enforcement agencies to track data on the race of people they pull over and pedestrians they stop.

For the past 15 years, the state has been collecting data about police traffic and pedestrian stops. The ACLU of Illinois has compiled similar statistics in reports that show in some areas of the state, police stop a disproportionate number of minorities, raising questions of police bias and racial profiling.

Springfield resident Ken Page, who once served as president of the Springfield NAACP and now serves as the president of the Springfield ACLU, said he had been targeted because of the color of his skin.