CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and various advocates for the Crime Victimsâ€™ Bill of Rights, also known as Marsyâ€™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.Â 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.Â But if those rights are denied, there is not a process in place for victims and their families to appeal to a higher court.Â 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 Marsyâ€™s Law for Illinois
Rep. Lou Lang, chief sponsor of Marsyâ€™s Law for Illinois
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, director of Marsyâ€™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 AcciÃ³n
About Marsyâ€™s Law for Illinois (Crime Victimsâ€™ 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 victimsâ€™ rights in the country. The Illinois initiative is backed by law enforcement officials, prosecutors, victimsâ€™ rights organizations and community leaders. Please join us in standing up for crime victims and their familiesâ€”support the Illinois Crime Victimsâ€™ Bill of Rights. Visit www.MarsysLawForIllinois.orgfor more information.