Illinois Association of Law Enforcement Executives
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Home      By Laws
 (As adopted February 9, 2010 in Roselle, Illinois)

                        ARTICLE 1 - NAME


1.1                   This organization shall be known as the Illinois Association of Law Enforcement Executives, hereinafter referred to as the Association. The Association shall be incorporated under the General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act of Illinois.


2.1                   The Association has been created to provide for the professional training and advancement of current and retired law enforcement supervisors, leaders and managers and to provide access to mentors and colleagues for the purpose of enhancing the profession.

                        ARTICLE 3 - OFFICE

3.1                   The Association shall have and continuously maintain in the State of Illinois a registered agent whose office is identical with such registered office, and may have other offices within the State of Illinois as the Executive Board may from time to time direct.        

                        ARTICLE 4 - MEMBERSHIP

4.1                   Active members

                        The following persons shall be eligible for active membership:

a.         Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Supervisory and Command Personnel of any legally-constituted state, county or municipal agency of any political subdivision of governmental jurisdiction of this state having authority to adopt and enforce police regulations under the State Constitution and the laws of the State of Illinois.

b.         Agents-in-charge, assistant agents-in-charge and supervisory personnel of federal law enforcement agencies.

c.         Chief special agents, command and supervisory personnel of  railroad police systems which maintain offices within this state.

d.         The Illinois Attorney General, supervisory members of the Attorney Generals Office.

e.         States attorneys and supervisory members of the States Attorneys offices.

f.          Security and law enforcement supervisory and command personnel of public and private institutions of higher learning located within Illinois.

h.         Supervisory and command personnel of private and corporate security agencies, when such agencies maintain offices within Illinois.

i.          Honorably retired supervisory or command officers who would otherwise qualify as an active member if still employed.

                       j.        Directors and supervisors of law enforcement training academies, mobile-team training units, and lae enforcement training providers.

k.         Individuals who, in the opinion of the Executive Board, provide or have provided distinguished service to the field of law enforcement justifying their admission into the Association as an active member.


l.          Coroners and medical examiners and supervisory members of those agencies.

4.2                   Life Members

                        The following persons shall be eligible for life membership:


a.                   Any active member completing five (5) continuous years of service with the Association.

b.                  Any member who has served as President of the Association.


5.1                   Applications for membership shall be submitted on such forms and in such

a manner as the Executive Board may prescribe.

5.2                   Any applicant who is not the chief executive officer for his agency, must

obtain the chief executive officers signature and approval prior to having

any application for membership considered.

a.   &nnbsp;     Applicants from agencies having more than 200 members must obtain the signature and approval of their commanding officer in lieu of the chief executive. (Approved June 23, 2010).

5.3                  Retired individuals submitting applications for membership will, upon request, be required to verify their honorable retirement from the respective law enforcement agency as a condition of having their application considered.

5.4                   Membership applications must receive the approval of a majority of the Executive Board in order for membership to be granted. All applicants will be notified in writing after the Executive Board has approved or rejected their application.

                        ARTICLE 6 - DUES

6.1                                      The membership dues shall be established by the Executive Board.

6.2                                      Any proposed dues increase shall not take effect until 12 months after it is approved by the Executive Board.

6.3                                      Any member failing to pay their membership dues shall forfeit their membership in the Association until such time as their dues are paid in full.

6.4                                      Life members are exempt from the payment of membership dues.


7.1                   Any member who fails to meet the requirements for active membership shall be disqualified from membership and removed from the active rolls.


7.2                   A member may be suspended or expelled from the Association upon the proffering of written charges asserting that the member has committed an act or acts detrimental or unworthy of the best interests of the law enforcement profession or the Association and/or the member has been convicted of a criminal act.

7.3                   If written charges are proffered, a member shall have the right to appear before the Executive Board and defend himself or herself.

7.4                   In order for a member to be suspended or expelled from the Association, a majority of the Executive Board must vote in favor of the suspension or expulsion. In all cases the member shall be notified in writing within thirty (30) days of the decision of the Executive Board.   



8.1                   Meetings may be called either by the President or a majority of the members of the Executive Board.

8.2                   Meetings shall be held at a location designated by the President or a majority of the Executive Board.

8.3                   A written notice stating the location, date and hour of the meeting and the purpose (agenda) of the meeting shall be sent to each member of the Executive Board at least five (5) days before the date of the meeting. The notice shall indicate the name of the person(s) calling the meeting. Such notices may be sent via U.S. Mail or electronically.

8.4                   Quorum

a.         A quorum shall consist of not less than seven (7) members of the Executive Board.           


b.            If a quorum is not present at any meeting, the President or a

majority of the members present may adjourn the meeting from time to time until a quorum is present.

c.         To facilitate the completion of Association business, electronic voting or voting by telephone may also be allowed with the approval of a majority of the Executive Board. This section shall not apply to matters involving dissolution of the Association or the suspension or expulsion of any member from the Association.

                       ARTICLE 9 - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

9.1                   Roberts Rules of Order, as revised, shall be the parliamentary authority

observed in any matter not specifically covered in these by-laws.

                        ARTICLE 10 - DUTIES OF OFFICERS - TERMS

10.1                 Board of Officers

a.                   The officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice-

President, Secretary-Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms.

10.2                 Term of Office

a.         The officers of the Association shall serve until their successors are elected and installed.

b.                  Each officer shall serve a term of two (2) years. New officers will

take office during the month of January.

c.                   In the event of a vacancy in any office, the Executive Board shall elect a member to fill the vacancy.

10.3                Duties of President

a.         The President of the Association shall preside at all meetings, serving as chairman.

b.            The President shall appoint such standing and special committees

            as authorized by the by-laws and the Executive Board.

c.         The President shall be responsible for the proper functions of the committees and perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Executive Board or by resolution of the Association.

10.4                 Duties of Vice-President

a.         The Vice-President shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the President.

b.            In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall perform

the duties of the Association President.

                        c.         The Vice-President shall serve as a member executive board.

10.5                Duties of Secretary-Treasurer

a.         The Secretary-Treasurer shall give due notice of all meetings and keep the official minutes thereof.

b.         The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for the custody of all funds belonging to the Association and may determine the manner of depositing and safeguarding such funds.


c.         The Secretary-Treasurer shall provide the Executive Board with regular financial reports.

d.         All monies, securities, books, papers or other properties of the Association shall be forwarded by the Secretary-Treasurer to his successor in office  or whomever the Executive Board designates to receive same.


e.         Except as otherwise directed by the Executive Board, the Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for signing all checks for the Association and paying all outstanding bills previously  approved for payment by the Executive Board.


f.          The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for ensuring the proper filing of all federal, state and local financial reports and tax records, and for fulfilling all not-for-profit reporting requirements.

g.         The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve as a member of the Executive Board.

10.6                 Duties of Sergeant-at-Arms

                        a.         The Sergeant-at-Arms shall keep order at all meetings.

b.         He shall perform such other duties as from time to time be assigned to him by the President or Executive Board.

c.         The Sergeant-at-Arms shall serve as a member of the Executive Board.


11.1                 The Executive Board shall be the governing body of the Association and shall have the authority to take all appropriate measures and perform all duties required to achieve the objectives of the Association.

11.2                 The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Past Presidents of the Association, and five (5) Directors appointed by the President.

11.3                 Directors shall serve staggered terms, with three of them serving two (2) year terms and the other three serving three (3) year terms.


12.1                 The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee at least ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of his term. The purpose of the Nominating Committee will be to present a slate of member candidates for the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms.

12.2                 Committees other than the Nominating Committee shall be formed on the basis of the needs of the Association. Committee chairmen shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board and serve until their successor is appointed. Committee members shall be selected by the chairmen with the approval of the President.

12.3                 Committee reports shall be delivered at regular meetings of the Executive Board by the committee chairman, unless he or she is unable to attend. In such cases, a designated member of the committee or the President may provide such report. 

                        ARTICLE 13 - ORDER OF BUSINESS


13.1        &nnbsp;        The order of business at Association meetings shall be as follows:

a.                   Call to order.

b.                  Pledge of Allegiance.

c.                   Establishment of a Quorum.

d.                  Roll Call.

e.                   Approval of Minutes.

f.                   Communications and Correspondence.

g.                  Treasurers Report.

h.                  Committee Reports.

i.                    Membership Applications.

j.                    Unfinished Business.

k.                  New Business.

l.                    Good of the Association.

m.                Adjournment.

13.2                 Upon approval by majority vote, the order of business may be changed.

                        ARTICLE 14 - VOTING RIGHTS

14.1                 The Executive Board shall be the exclusive source for all votes taken and counted in any matters requiring coming up for vote during any meeting of the Association.

14.2                 Electronic or telephonic votes may be counted if approved by a majority of the Executive Board. The President shall receive and report on such electronic or telephonic votes to the Executive Board.

                        ARTICLE 15 - AMENDMENTS OF BY-LAWS

15.1                 The By-Laws of the Association may be altered or amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Board at any meeting of the Association.

15.2                 Any proposed alterations or amendments of the By-Laws must be submitted to the President and Executive Board not less than thirty (30) days prior to the amendment being considered.

                        ARTICLE 16 - DISSOLUTION

16.1                 The Association will be considered dissolved if, at any time, three-fourths (3/4) of the members of the Executive Board vote in favor of dissolution.

16.2                 In the case of dissolution, the Association shall be considered dissolved within sixty (60) days of such vote.

16.3                 Immediately after a vote favoring dissolution, the Executive Board shall proceed to settle any financial obligations pending against the Association and dispose of all property held by the Association. Any funds remaining after all claims have been settled and all property disposed of shall be turned over to such non-profit, charitable, scientific or educational organizations as determined by the Executive Board (learn more about miranda rights here.).

                        ARTICLE 17 CONFLICT OF AUTHORITY


17.1                 In the event of a conflict between these By-Laws and any state or federal law designed to control the operation of not-for-profit organizations, the state or federal laws shall prevail.

17.2                 In the event of a conflict as described in Article 17. Section 17.1, only the section in conflict is over ridden.

                        ARTICLE 18 - USE OF ASSOCIATION NAME


18.1                 The use of the Association by name in the endorsement of any product or solicitation of any kind is prohibited, unless approved in advance by the Executive Board. In cases where the Executive Board approves of the use of the Associations name, such approval shall be forwarded in writing, signed by the Association President to the requestor. All other use of the Associations name in the endorsement of any product or solicitation campaign is prohibited.