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Change in Illinois' GPS monitoring law advances

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:54 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would let law enforcement officials use GPS tracking on people with a restraining order is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports state law only lets a judge order GPS monitoring after a suspect has violated an order of protection — not before.

The legislation would let authorities monitor someone as soon as protective order is issued.

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Barbara Wheeler, a Crystal Lake Republican. She says she drafted the measure after the slaying of an Antioch woman who was killed by her ex-boyfriend even though she'd taken out an order of protection against the man.

The bill passed the House and now advances to the Senate.

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