New IL laws combat cyberbullying, end pension benefits for public employees convicted of felonies

Published: Dec. 29, 2014 at 11:41 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2014 at 11:43 PM CST
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ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed new laws on Monday, Dec. 29, including one that makes it a crime to distribute private messages without a person's consent.

The new law will try to keep former romantic partners from sending out private messages without the subject's consent. The action is part of Gov. Quinn's agenda to protect the rights and privacy of the people of Illinois.

"Cyberbullying can have lasting and often devastating effects on a person, especially when it involves the distribution of very personal images," Gov. Quinn said. "This shameful act can be as harmful as any other form of abuse. This law cracks down on perpetrators and will help prevent more people from becoming victims, most of whom are women."

Senate Bill 1009 makes the non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images, also known as "revenge porn," a Class 4 felony. The law also removes any profit and voids any contract or agreement the offender may receive as a result of the illegal use of these images.

According to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, 90 percent of revenge porn victims are women.

The new law is effective on June 1, 2015.

Gov. Quinn also signed Senate Bill 2809 on Monday.

It's a new law that will help terminate the pension benefits of public employees convicted of felonies.

This legislation allows the Illinois Attorney General to intervene in cases like those involving former Chicago Police supervisor John Burge, who was convicted of crimes committed while on duty, but was still able to receive his publicly funded pension benefits.

This new law will be effective on June 1, 2015.

A third legislation signed by Gov. Quinn on Monday will be effective immediately.

House Bill 6303 creates a TIF extension for the Village of Lansing to support development in the West Lansing area.

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