Currently, crimes committed against many who work in the public interest, including teachers, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians, can be classified as aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony carrying a sentence of two to five years in prison.  Starting January 1, nurses in Illinois will be added to the list of those protected by that list, thanks to a law supported by State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton).

Beiser says the new law provides nurses with similar legal protections provided to others who serve the public, such as teachers and police officers.

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Beiser says this measure will ensure that nurses are treated the same as other workers who interact with the public and are able to care for their patients in a safe setting.

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