From today’s Northwest Herald:
“Last year, 54 stalking cases were prosecuted in Illinois, and only a handful resulted in convictions, (Lisa) Madigan said. To give stalking laws more teeth, Madigan drafted two bills that will go into effect in about two months.
The first expands stalking laws so that a person commits stalking when he or she engages in conduct that causes a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of another or to suffer emotional distress. It requires the court to consider the victim’s knowledge of the offender and the context of the behavior.
The second law creates a no-contact order that protects those not covered under domestic-violence or sexual-assault laws. That means individuals who did not have a previous relationship with the stalker or were not sexually assaulted can ask a judge to prohibit stalking behavior. It uses the same definition of stalking as the first law.”
You can read it all here.