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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman’s legislation aimed at combatting electronic stalking has successfully passed the Senate and advances to the House.

“Electronic stalking is a serious threat to the safety and well-being of individuals,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “It is incumbent on us to take meaningful action to address this issue.”

Electronic stalking, a form of harassment and intimidation facilitated through various digital platforms and communication channels, has become increasingly prevalent in today’s society.

In this modern technological era, electronic devices are commonly used to track keys, wallets, luggage, and other personal items. However, these electronic devices can also be used for people to stalk others.

The measure seeks to include electronic stalking as a method of criminal stalking, providing crucial legal protections for victims in the digital age.

“By acknowledging the harmful impact of electronic stalking and providing legal recourse for victims, we are sending a clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated in our state,” said Stadelman.

Senate Bill 2683 passed the Senate and heads to the House for further consideration.