Illinois Abusers Required to Wear GPS

     SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CN) – Illinois judges can now order domestic violence offenders to wear tracking devices so their victims can know if they get too close. Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the law, named after Cindy Bischof, on Monday.

     Bischof was shot to death in a Chicago parking lot in March by a boyfriend who turned the gun on himself. Before her death, Bischof had asked about using a global positioning device to keep her safe.
     The law, which goes into effect on January 1, states that an abuser can be ordered to wear a tracking device if they’ve violated a restraining order. It also calls for a $200 fine for every penalty when there’s a conviction for violating a restraining order. That money will go towards the Domestic Violence Surveillance Fund. Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma and Hawaii have adopted similar measures within the past year. To date, 11 states have passed similar laws.

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