New laws put more teeth into the state's Freedom of Information Act and more than double the statute of limitations for anyone filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Known collectively as “Molly’s Law,” state Rep. Terri Bryant sponsored the two plans that strengthen Illinois public information laws and extend the clock for wrongful death lawsuits.
The laws come from a Southern Illinois case in which a woman died from a gunshot wound in 2012. Her family went to Bryant when they couldn't get all of the police reports. The delay led to their lawsuit being tossed out of court.
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One law adds fines of up to one thousand dollars a day for public bodies that ignore FOIA requests. The other increases the filing period from two years to five for wrongful death lawsuits.