(720 ILCS 5/26.5-0.1)
As used in this Article:
"Electronic communication" means any transfer of signs, signals,
writings, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in
whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectric or
photo-optical system. "Electronic communication" includes transmissions through an electronic device including, but not limited to, a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager, which communication includes, but is not limited to, e-mail, instant message, text message, or voice mail.
"Family or household member" includes spouses, former spouses,
children, stepchildren and other persons related by blood or by present or
marriage, persons who share or formerly shared a common dwelling, persons who
have or allegedly share a blood relationship through a child, persons who have
or have had a dating or engagement relationship, and persons with disabilities
and their personal assistants. For purposes of this Article, neither a casual
acquaintanceship nor ordinary fraternization between 2 individuals in
business or social contexts shall be deemed to constitute a dating
"Harass" or "harassing" means knowing conduct which is not necessary to accomplish a purpose that is reasonable under the circumstances, that would cause a reasonable person emotional distress and does cause emotional distress to another.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)