Proposed Murder Convict Registry Advances

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — Those convicted of first-degree murder will have to register with a public searchable database if a bill moving through the Illinois General Assembly becomes law.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, the database would include names, addresses, places of employment, schools attended and photos for offenders for up to 10 years after their release from prison.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports

The bill was first introduced in January by state Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst.)

It would apply to those who were convicted of first-degree murder in Illinois before June 1998.

The bill was prompted by the release Nov. 16 of Justin Boulay, 33, who had served half of a 24-year sentence for the February 1998 murder of his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Andrea Will.

The reason he was released early was a provision in Illinois law before 1998, in which prisoners got one day off their sentence for every day they served in prison, CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller explained at the time.

Upon his release, Boulay went off to Hawaii to live with his wife, an assistant university professor whom he married behind bars.

Will’s mother, Patricia Rosenberg, said last month that the proposed registry law would finally serve justice for her daughter.

The bill passed the state House Tuesday by a vote of 97-1.

  • Erin

    10 Years? Why not for life? Sex Offenders are registered for life and murders arent?

  • Mark

    This is ridiculous. It’s another knee-jerk reaction to someone’s personal misfortune.The offenders have served their time when they are released.
    It adds to the bureaucracy and costs of an already bankrupt state.
    I dislike it when they pass a law just because for one person and they use the excuse; “If it keeps just one more person from being hurt.”.

    We have laws to cover this already.


    …more no-sense…how about a list on all these corp. giving money to these corrupt hacks, now they want the light off of them as the state sinks in red…make a list of whiners …put this women at the top!

  • Attack the Root Cause...not the symptom

    This is ridiculous. This is a feel good law for both the public and the legislators. There is no legitimate research that would inidcate that this will protect the public. This is also an expensive solution with almost no quantifiable social benefit to the people of Illinois. If we want to work toward a solution, let’s provide counseling to those who commit these crimes and if they are beyond hope, let’s not let them out of jail. Our legislators have confused activity with progress. It seems that no one is taking the time to realy understand the problem and address the real issue. My heart is broken for those who have lost a loved one due to this crime, but THIS Is not going to help in the long run.

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