Illinois Hate Crime and Stalking Statutes Get Tougher on Offenders in 2022
On February 26th of 2021, the 102nd General Assembly of The State of Illinois filed Senate Bill 01596 amending the existing Hate Crimes statute as defined in 720 ILCS 5/12-7.1, and by August 2nd, 2021, the bill was signed into law as Public Act 102-0235. The amended law would have been effective immediately upon the signature of the Governor instead of becoming effective on January 1st, 2022, however, an Illinois Senate Amendment was filed that removed that provision.
Synopsis As Introduced:
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Includes, as a hate crime, the commission of the specified criminal acts against a person because of the actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status of the person.
Illinois Stalking Statute Amendments Taking Effect January 1st, 2022
Illinois Senate Bill 01677 Amends the Stalking No Contact Order Act to include electronic communication in the definition of “contact.”
SB-01677 is now Illinois Public Act 102-0220, having been signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker on July 30th, 2021. This bill was filed on February 26th, 2021, and amends 740 ILCS 21/10, 740 ILCS 22/213, 815 ILCS 518/5, and 815 ILCS 615/15.
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Stalking No Contact Order Act. Includes electronic communication in the definition of "contact".
Amends the Civil No Contact Order Act. Provides that the court may provide relief in a civil no contact order by restraining the respondent from having any electronic communication with the petitioner. Amends the Internet Dating, Internet Child Care, Internet Senior Care, and Internet Home Care Safety Act. Changes the definition of "internet dating service" to remove the qualifier that such services be performed for a fee. Makes a corresponding change to the Dating Referral Services Act.
Senate Bill 02204 is now Illinois Public Act 102-0547 after being signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker on August 20th, 2021. This public act amends 720 ILCS 5/12-7.3. SB 02204 was filed on February 26th, 2021.
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that a person commits stalking when he or she knowingly makes threats that are a part of a course of conduct and is aware of the threatening nature of his or her speech.