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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 1999

Governor Ryan Signs Bills To Fight Internet Crimes Against Children, Home Repair Fraud And To Notify Crime Victims

CHICAGO-- Governor George H. Ryan signed into law bills which will help Illinois law enforcement crack down on sex criminals who victimize children over the internet, protect consumers from home repair fraud and create a statewide notification system for crime victims and witnesses to be informed when convicted criminals are released.

"These laws will help police and prosecutors better protect the people of Illinois against predatory criminals and fraud artists," Governor Ryan said. "Protecting children, consumers and crime victims are the most important things we can do in government and every Illinoisan has the right not to be victimized."

"The new victim notification law puts victims first, where they belong," said Attorney General Jim Ryan. "It is the first step in creating a statewide notification system that will allow victims and other citizens instant access to vital criminal information."

The crime fighting bills signed by Gov. Ryan were:

Bill Number: House Bill 1097
House Sponsor: John Turner (R-Atlanta)
Senate Sponsor: Walter Dudycz (R-Chicago)
Effective Date: Immediately

Brief description of major bill components:

  • Toughens the law and penalty for indecent solicitation of a child.

  • The law will now cover children under 17 years of age. It will help police investigators working undercover on the internet.

    Bill Number: HB1098
    House Sponsor: John Turner (R-Atlanta)
    Senate Sponsor: Christine Radogno (R-LaGrange)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of major bill components:

  • Criminals determined to be a sexually violent person must provide a biological specimen for DNA analysis.

  • Law enforcement can use the results of the analysis for investigations.

    Bill Number: HB 1099
    House Sponsor: John Turner (R-Atlanta)
    Senate Sponsor: Patrick O'Malley (R-Palos Park)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of major bill components:

  • Creates the state wire fraud offense to include frauds committed by wire, radio, telephone, mail or frauds against financial institutions. These offenses are Class 3 Felonies.

    Bill Number: HB 1100
    House Sponsor: John Turner (R-Atlanta)
    Senate Sponsor: Dave Sullivan (R-Park Ridge)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of major bill components:

  • Clarifies and strengthens the child pornogrphy law.

  • A child will now be defined as a person appearing to be under 18 regardless of how the offending pornography was created.

  • One-half of any assets seized from child porn and prostitution offenders will go to state agencies or local governments that participated in the investigation.

    Bill Number: HB1177
    House Sponsor: Dave Winters (R-Shirland)
    Senate Sponsor: Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of major bill components:

  • Creates the Home Repair and Remodeling Act.

  • All contractors doing more than $1,000 worth of work must provide customers with a "Know Your Consumer Rights" pamphlet.

  • Requires a signed contract before any work is done.

  • Specifies that the contractor have insurance.

    Bill Number: HB 1304
    House Sponsor: Jim Durkin (R-Westchester)
    Senate Sponsor: Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Clarifies the statutes regarding Grand Jury subpoenas.

    Bill Number: HB 1305
    House Sponsor: Jim Durkin (R-Westchester)
    Senate Sponsor: Patrick O'Malley (R-Palos Park)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Expands the definition of insurance fraud to include causing a false claim to be made.

    Bill Number: HB 2616
    House Sponsor: Don Moffitt (R-Gilson)
    Senate Sponsor: Carl Hawkinson (R-Galesburg)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Consumer protection law. Makes it a crime for any person or entity doing business in Illinois to send unsolicited or misleading electronic mail.

    Bill Number: SB 396
    House Sponsor: Tim Osmond (R-Antioch)
    Senate Sponsor: Adeline Geo-Karis (R-Zion)
    Effective Date: Immediately

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Clarifies the Sex Offender Management Board Act regarding evaluating and counseling sex offenders.

    Bill Number: SB 477
    House Sponsor: Anne Zickus (R-Palos Hills)
    Senate Sponsor: Kathleen Parker (R-Northbrook)
    Effective Date: Immediately

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Toughens penalties for theft from an elderly person or a person with disabilities.

    Bill Number: SB 753
    Senate Sponsor: Christine Radogno (R-LaGrange)
    House Sponsor: Jim Durkin (R-Westchester)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Allows the Attorney General to create a statewide notification system for crime victims and witnesses to inform them when convicted criminals are released.

  • Technology has been used successfully in DuPage County.

    Bill Number: HB 62
    House Sponsor: Jim Durkin (R-Westchester)
    Senate Sponsor: Walter Dudycz (R-Chicago)
    Effective Date: Immediately

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Cracks down on convicted sex offenders who violate the Sex Offender Registration and Notification act. Violation is a Class 3 felony.

    Bill Number: HB 249
    House Sponsor: Phil Novak (D-Bradley)
    Senate Sponsor: Larry Walsh (D-Elwood)
    Effective Date: Immediately

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • This bill is in response to the horrible experience of a family in Rep. Novak's district. A vindictive neighbor posted the name, address and phone number of a young girl on the internet with false and obscene information about her. The family was forced to move to a different city after stalkers began to call, e-mail and even come to their home.

  • Effective immediately, this bill makes it a felony to disclose the name, address, phone number or e-mail address of a person under age 18 on an adult obscenity or child porn internet site.

    Bill Number: HB 729
    House Sponsor: Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville)
    Senate Sponsor: James Clayborne (D-East St. Louis)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Cracks down on child sex offenders.

  • Expands the definition of sexual exploitation of a child to include knowingly enticing, coercing, or persuading a child under age 17 to remove clothing for any kind of sexual gratification.

    Bill Number: HB 731
    House Sponsor: Mary K. O'Brien (D-Coal City)
    Senate Sponsor: Doris Karpiel (R-Carol Stream)
    Effective Date: July, 2000

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • Addresses a need for more information about child sex offenders.

  • Law enforcement agencies are required to have sex offender registration information include photographs of offenders whose victims were 13 years old or younger.

    Bill Number: HB 790
    House Sponsor: Tim Schmitz (R-Batavia)
    Senate Sponsor: Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • This law allows the Statewide Grand Jury to convene in cases where child sex offenses involve computer use.

    Bill Number: SB 1142
    House Sponsor: Terry Parke (R-Hoffman Estates)
    Senate Sponsor: Larry Walsh (D-Joliet)
    Effective Date: January, 2000

    Brief description of the major bill components:

  • This bill sentences repeat child sex offenders to natural life in prison.

  • Offenders who commit predatory criminal sexual assault of a child against 2 or more victims face natural life sentences.

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