The Illinois House approved a measure yesterday that would allow judges to have certain personal information removed from public records. State Representative Elaine Nekritz, a Democrat from Northbrook, says her proposal is a response to acts of violence directed at judges:
"There are lots of places out there where their personal information, the location of their home, is published. And this is an effort to make that private so as to protect our judiciary."
The proposal says judges would have to ask to have their information removed from government records and private businesses. They would also be allowed to use their work address on drivers licenses. Most violations would not be criminal offenses, unless someone knows that posting the information poses a threat to the safety of the judge or her family.
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