SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) to help exploited senior citizens and persons with disabilities recover assets taken by criminals.
“It is sad and unfortunate that there are so many cases of exploitation of older citizens and persons with disabilities,” said Sen. Barickman. “This legislation will fix the current law so that they can recover money and property that was stolen from them.”
House Bill 1588 changes the civil liability provision of laws on the exploitation of senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Currently, victims can only file civil cases if a criminal case resulted in a conviction, regardless of evidence of guilt. Sen. Barickman’s legislation would waive the requirement of conviction in bringing civil cases to court.
The legislation was inspired by a constituent of Sen. Barickman’s who lost significant assests to a con artist, but has had difficulties seeking restitution due to current laws.
“It saddens me that we weren’t able to fix the law before my constituent’s case,” said Sen. Barickman. “But it’s not too late to protect victims in the future.”
The legislation is now headed back to the Illinois House for a concurrence vote.