SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new law sponsored by state Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, will crack down on hate crimes against houses of worship increasing penalties for those convicted of committing hate crimes and allowing victims to receive greater financial compensation.
“It is unacceptable that people discriminate and commit crimes solely based on an individual’s religious beliefs or race, and it remains my priority to continue to protect the victims of these reprehensible crimes,” Lilly said. “Those who commit hate crimes must be held accountable for their actions. With this legislation in place, penalties will be increased for individuals who commit these crimes while providing more protections to the victims.”
Lilly’s 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. Lilly’s 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 must hold those who commit these heinous crimes accountable,” said Lilly. “It is necessary for those who commit hate crimes to understand the consequences of their actions, and I am hopeful that this new legislation will help them have a greater understanding as to why their actions were wrong.”
Lilly represents the 78th District, which includes parts of Chicago, Oak Park, Elmwood Park, River Grove, Franklin Park and Melrose Park.
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