A “Victims’ Bill of Rights” could be added to the Illinois Constitution, if a proposed amendment makes it onto the November ballot. The state House has sent the measure to the Senate. The sponsor, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), says, “The victim’s family would be able to go into a courtroom and ask a judge to enforce their rights,” of their own motion, without the state’s attorney getting involved.
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“This amendment expands and clarifies the rights of crime victims to provide them with greater access to post-trial proceedings, greater knowledge of proceedings and events that may affect their safety or their rights, timely action on their requests, and the ability to appeal decisions that affect the exercise of their personal rights,” Lang explained.