Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging people to vote "Yes" on the Victim's Bill of Rights Amendment that's on the November ballot. She say crime victims already have ten rights under Illinois law, but they're looking to strengthen their protections.
Madigan says crime victims already have ten rights under Illinois law, but they're not always given the chance to make their voices heard.
Illinois adopted a Crime Victims Bill of Rights into its Constitution more than 20 years ago. That means victims can be notified of things like when their attacker gets out of jail or is scheduled to appear in court. But, there's nothing in the law that requires the legal system to enforce the rights. This amendment would change that. It needs three-fifths of the voters' support in order to become law.