Mob attack legislation sent to Gov. Quinn

People who use social media to organize mob attacks in Illinois could soon face harsher punishment, under a new state law.

House lawmakers sent the legislation to Governor Quinn late Friday.

The legislation is in response to several incidents involving large groups of teenager who were organized on Twitter and Facebook, and caused disturbances along Michigan Avenue back in March.

Under the measure, a judge could impose a more severe sentence on someone who used  social media, texting, or emails to organize a mob attack.

Critics say the measure will do little to make Chicago streets safer.

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7 comments

  • Diane

    Think about this. Is this a knee-jerk reaction ? It's a slippery slope to start impeding people's right to free assembly because it starts to nibble against the Constitution. And current governments love restricting citizens freedom . Who do you want determining what is a peaceful legitimate protest vs mob action ? Yes I know a riot when I see it but what about the grey areas?

    As for the teens- out-of-control. Arrest them , book em, and deny them a drivers license till age 21 when they can prove they're responsible enough to have the privilege.

    • Marty

      How about arresting the parent(s) for child abuse and no supervision of thier children.Maybe some time in jail and the court system will stop some of this!

  • Enrique

    Round them up on horseback as though they were cattle. Corral them at the sports stadium (it’ll draw Heraldo). Tie them to the wiping post and give them 20 lashes in public.

  • MR. WEBB

    No bro, we are not even close to that scum poverty city of Detroit!!! yes we have our ups and downs but no where near Detroit. Chicago has so much business in downtown and in neighborhoods that well never reach poverty! Yes we have high crime but look at our population its 3 million strong so of course your always gonna have a few rotten apples. So please don't ever compare us to a hellhole like Detroit!
    *sigh* smh

    • Caligula

      I've lived in this area for 49 years. Chicago is a p!sshole if there ever was one. If you like that kind of environment, then have fun. A turd is a turd I don't care how much you dress it up.

  • Diane

    Did anyone read the above article or supposed legislation thats heading to the Governors desk. The article says " in response to ….large groups of teens. .. But this bill isn't limited to minors. It might be twisted in such a way that peaceful law-abiding citizens would be prohibited from using social media for assembly. Doesn't the Constitution mention the right to free assembly .

    In this era of social media , young people have just accepted giving up their right to privacy as a natural occurance. how sad. Citizens are fine with the government following their emails and phone calls , They have no problem being filmed b government cameras on the street,

    But now, adults , who should know better, barely shakes their head when hearing that you can be charged for a crime if you used the internet to contact other for assembly. Why did past generations fight so many wars i citizens are just going to relinquish their Constitutional rights.

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