• New law addresses parental rights of rapists

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    Gov. Pat Quinn took action on dozens of bills this past Friday, dumping more than 30 pages of bill summaries and actions. A few of the measures that he signed include a civil law bill that will allow for the termination of parental rights of a father if the child’s conception was the result of rape. That law goes into effect Jan. 1. gavel 3

    Two bills regarding criminal law will also go into effect Jan 1. In the first of those two measures, the statute of limitations is removed for criminal actions against alleged perpetrators where victims of sexual offenses were under the age of 18 at the time of the offense.

    The second criminal measure creates a criminal offense for knowingly video or audio recording an assault of battery act with the intent of sharing or disseminating that recording.

    And a measure concerning education was signed and will go into effect immediately. That bill creates the young adult heroin use task force to address the use of heroin among high school students in Illinois.