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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and various advocates for the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights, also known as Marsy’s Law for Illinois, are raising awareness about a constitutional amendment on the 2014 General Election ballot that would give crime victims and their families the enforceable rights they deserve.  The Illinois Constitution already provides certain rights for crime victims and their families, including that they be given notice of court proceedings, the right to be present at trials and deliver victim impact statements.  But if those rights are denied, there is not a process in place for victims and their families to appeal to a higher court.  Illinois is the only state with a constitution that prohibits victims from pursuing legal remedy through an appeal.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 27, 2014

WHERE: 15th Floor, Blue Room
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Sen. Heather Steans, chief sponsor of Marsy’s Law for Illinois

Rep. Lou Lang, chief sponsor of Marsy’s Law for Illinois

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, director of Marsy’s Law for Illinois

Polly Poskin, executive director of Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA)

Noelle Dupuis, director of policy, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Nabilah Talib, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Parks Francis Center

Sharmili Majmudar, executive director of Rape Victim Advocates-Chicago

Maritza Reyes, director of Chicago Sexual Assault Program/Mujeres Latinas En Acción

About Marsy’s Law for Illinois (Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights)

The amendment is modeled after Marsy’s Law in California, which passed as a state constitutional amendment in 2008 and is among the strongest protections of crime victims’ rights in the country. The Illinois initiative is backed by law enforcement officials, prosecutors, victims’ rights organizations and community leaders. Please join us in standing up for crime victims and their families—support the Illinois Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights. Visit www.MarsysLawForIllinois.orgfor more information.

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