Springfield -- Anyone convicted of
using social media to plan or incite a mob attack could face tougher punishment
under legislation approved by the Illinois Senate.
Lawmakers said the bill approved 52-0 on
Wednesday was in response to recent incidents in Chicago. Groups of young people have
descended on Michigan Avenue
and other locations to attack or rob victims.
Sen. Kwame Raoul is a Chicago Democrat.
He says street gangs also have used social media such as Twitter to organize
and publicize attacks in other areas.
Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican,
says the incidents could hurt business and that the legislation "sends a
The bill would allow a judge to impose an
extended sentence if someone used electronic communication in a mob action. It
now moves to the Illinois House.
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