Illinois Efforts Marsy's Law Passed

The effort to pass Marsy’s Law in Illinois began in 2008 when the extraordinary women at the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault who work on the front lines of crime victim services determined that the current victims rights constitutional language that had been in place in Illinois since 1992 was hurting and re-traumatizing victims of violent crime as they went through the court process. They gathered the army that became Marsy’s Law, championed by the Illinois Attorney General and other visionary leaders.

For all the angels that worked hard for 6 years to get these enforceable rights changes onto the ballot and for all those citizens who overwhelmingly voted to put Marsy’s Law into the Illinois Constitution, we are forever grateful. We have changed history. We have helped hurting people to have better outcomes. Help us tell the story of this new era of stronger protections for violent crime victims in Illinois so that our success can help inform the move to bring these rights into every state and ultimately the United States Constitution.

Thank you for supporting victims of violent crime in the aftermath of their personal tragedies.

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins,
Marsy’s Law for Illinois

Status of Marsy's Law in Illinois

Marsy’s Law, also known as the Illinois Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights Amendment, was on the November 4, 2014, ballot as a legislatively-referred Constitutional Amendment, where it was overwhelmingly approved with 78% of the voters.

  • To learn more about your rights in Illinois, please visit the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) by clicking here.
Violent Crime In Your State: Did You Know?

Did you know, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most recent “Crime in the United States” report, that in the state of Illinois there were:

  • 48,974 violent crimes committed in 2013.
  • 706 murders and non-negligent manslaughters committed in 2013.
  • 4,263 rapes committed in 2013.
  • 17,722 robberies committed in 2013.
  • 26,283 aggravated assaults committed in 2013.


Source: Crime in the United States, By State, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation website.

Resources in Illinois

Illinois Attorney General Victim Assistance

Illinois Department Of Corrections’ Victims Services

Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Bureau

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Parents Of Murdered Children – Central Illinois Chapter

Parents Of Murdered Children – Chicago Area Chapter

Parents Of Murdered Children – DuPage County Chapter

Parents Of Murdered Children – St. Louis Area Wide Chapter