State of Illinois
2019 and 2020


Introduced , by Rep. Michael J. Madigan


720 ILCS 5/26.5-2

    Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning harassment by telephone.

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1    AN ACT concerning criminal law.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Criminal Code of 2012 is amended by changing
5Section 26.5-2 as follows:
6    (720 ILCS 5/26.5-2)
7    Sec. 26.5-2. Harassment by telephone.
8    (a) A person commits harassment by telephone when he or she
9uses telephone communication for any of the the following
11        (1) Making any comment, request, suggestion or
12    proposal which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or
13    indecent with an intent to offend;
14        (2) Making a telephone call, whether or not
15    conversation ensues, with intent to abuse, threaten or
16    harass any person at the called number;
17        (3) Making or causing the telephone of another
18    repeatedly to ring, with intent to harass any person at the
19    called number;
20        (4) Making repeated telephone calls, during which
21    conversation ensues, solely to harass any person at the
22    called number;
23        (5) Making a telephone call or knowingly inducing a



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1    person to make a telephone call for the purpose of
2    harassing another person who is under 13 years of age,
3    regardless of whether the person under 13 years of age
4    consents to the harassment, if the defendant is at least 16
5    years of age at the time of the commission of the offense;
6    or
7        (6) Knowingly permitting any telephone under one's
8    control to be used for any of the purposes mentioned
9    herein.
10    (b) Every telephone directory published for distribution
11to members of the general public shall contain a notice setting
12forth a summary of the provisions of this Section. The notice
13shall be printed in type which is no smaller than any other
14type on the same page and shall be preceded by the word
15"WARNING". All telephone companies in this State shall
16cooperate with law enforcement agencies in using their
17facilities and personnel to detect and prevent violations of
18this Article.
19(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)