Blagojevich signs domestic violence and hate crimes bills
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Sunday signed two measures into law aimed at helping victims of domestic violence and hate crimes.
One law creates a checklist for judges to consider before setting bail for anyone accused of domestic violence. Items on the list include whether the defendant has a history of violent acts or of violating court orders.
The second law adds hate crimes to the list covered under the Crime Victims Compensation Act. It also requires victims to be compensated for their transportation expenses to get medical treatment and for any tuition lost because of the injuries suffered.
Both laws go into effect January First.