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Bill to protect stalking victims signed into law

DeKALB – A bill to protect the privacy of stalking victims, introduced by State Rep. Jeff Keicher. R-Sycamore, in February, was signed into law Aug. 23 by Gov. JB Pritzker.

The law will allow stalking victims, or those who have petitioned for an order of protection and also operate a home-based business, other ways to comply with requirements for business owners to publish their address.

“Individuals who operate a home-based business deserve the peace of mind knowing that a perpetrator cannot use the law against them to find their current address,” Keicher said in a news release. “This is an issue where the Democrats and Republicans came together to work with me to get this done. I thank the governor for his support by signing this measure into law.”

The law allows someone operating a business under an assumed name at their personal residence to list the address of the local county clerk to meet publication requirements, as long as certain conditions are met.

The law received unanimous support in the Illinois House and passed the Senate, 57-1.

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato said the law made sense from a prosecutor’s perspective.

“This common-sense adjustment to state law allows us to better protect those who are victims of stalking or covered by an order of protection,” he said in the release.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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