CHICAGO – A new law sponsored by state Rep. Silvana Tabares, D-Chicago, will crack down on hate crimes against houses of worship by increasing penalties for those convicted of committing hate crimes and allowing victims to receive greater financial compensation.
“The recent rise in violence against racial and religious minorities and the increase in reported hate groups is due to politicians like Donald Trump who feed off this hatred to advance their own political agenda of divisiveness,” Tabares said. “I reject these actions, and I stand proudly with all Americans, regardless of their background, who say loudly that we will not tolerate this behavior in our communities.”
Tabares’ House Bill 2390 allows police and prosecutors to charge criminals who target the grounds and exterior of religious institutions with a hate crime. Her measure also requires community service ordered following a conviction to be performed in the county where the offender was convicted of the crime. Individuals convicted of committing hate crimes must attend in-person educational classes focused on discouraging hate crimes against the targeted group.
Tabares’ new law also gives judges the ability to determine if the offender must financially owe the victim to address damage. Parents and legal guardians would also be financially responsible for crimes committed by minors.
“We owe it to victims of hate crimes to ensure their perpetrators are brought to justice,” Tabares said. “I will continue fighting back against hateful ideology, and will maintain my support of the right for all Americans to live their life free from fear.”