Illinois Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Amendment (2014)
The Illinois Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Amendment was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Illinois as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was overwhelmingly approved. The measure was designed to strengthen the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights. Specifically, the amendment was meant to guarantee the following:
- A victim’s right to be free from harassment, intimidation and abuse throughout the criminal trial process.
- A victim’s right to notice and to a hearing before a court ruling on access to any of the victim’s records, information or communications.
- A victim’s right to be heard at any post-arraignment court proceeding in which a victim’s right is at issue and at any court proceeding involving a post-arraignment release decision, plea or sentencing.
- A consideration of the safety of the victim and their family in determining bail and conditions of release after arrest and conviction of the defendant.
- That the accused does not have standing to assert the rights of a victim.
In order to be ratified, this measure had to be approved by either three-fifths of those voting on the question or by a majority of people voting in the election, whichever is less.
Below are the official, certified election results:
|Illinois Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Amendment|
Due to Illinois' approval requirements, the amount of total votes in the overall election was used to calculate the percent of "yes" and "no" votes, since this number was less than the percentage of people who voted on this question. This may result in the percents for the "yes" and "no" votes adding up to less than 100 percent.
Election results via: Illinois State Board of Elections
Text of the measure
The ballot language appeared as follows:
|“||The proposed amendment makes changes to Section 8.1 of Article I of the Illinois constitution, the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights. The proposed amendment would expand certain rights already granted to crime victims in Illinois, and give crime victims the ability to enforce their rights in a court of law. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.
|SECTION 8.1. CRIME VICTIMS’ |
The following elected officials sponsored the amendment in the legislature:
- Rep. Lou Lang (D-16)
- Rep. Laura Fine (D-17)
- Rep. John Cabello (R-68)
- Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-71)
- Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
- Rep. JoAnn D. Osmond (R-61)
- Rep. Ann Williams (D-11)
- Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D-7)
- Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-45)
- Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-103)
- Rep. Robin Gabel (D-18)
- Rep. Robin McAsey (D-85)
- Reo. Mike Bost (R-115)
- Rep. Patricia Bellock (R-47)
- Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-56)
- Rep. John Anthony (R-75)
- Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
- Rep. Brandon W. Phelps (D-118)
- Rep. Ron Sandack (R-81)
- Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
- Rep. Greg Harris (D-13)
- Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy (D-14)
- Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84)
- Rep. Kay Hatcher (D-84)
- Rep. Al Riley (R-50)
- Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-38)
- Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-35)
- Rep. Christian L. Mitchell (D-26)
- Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
- Sen. Heather Steans (D-7)
- Sen. Michael Noland (D-22)
- Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3)
- Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-16)
- Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-40)
- Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-32)
- Rep. Kimberly Lightford (D-4)
- Sen. Donne Trotter (D-17)
- Sen. Steven Landek (D-12)
- Sen. Iris Martinez (D-20)
- Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-24)
- Sen. Matt Murphy (R-27)
- Sen. Chapin Rose (R-51)
- Sen. Michael Connelly (R-21)
- Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-15)
- Illinois State’s Attorney’s Association
- Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The following elected officials voted against the amendment in the legislature:
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Illinois Constitution
The Illinois General Assembly was required to pass the amendment by a 60 percent majority vote in both chambers in order to place the amendment on the ballot. HJRCA 1 was approved by the Illinois House of Representatives on April 2, 2014. The amendment was approved by the Illinois Senate on April 10, 2014.
House vote on April 2, 2014:
|Illinois HJRCA 1 House Vote|
Senate vote on April 10, 2014:
|Illinois HJRCA 1 Senate Vote|
- Illinois General Assembly, "Constitutional Amendment 1," accessed April 11, 2014
- Chicago Tribune, "Democrats pack Illinois ballot with referendum questions," October 13, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Questions of Public Policy," accessed September 15, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Illinois Legislature, "Bill Status of HJRCA0001," accessed April 11, 2014
- The Rock River Times, "Crime victims’ rights amendment to be on November ballot," April 10, 2014
- Illinois General Assembly, "Voting History For HJRCA0001," accessed April 11, 2014
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