Lawmakers Push For Background Checks For Online Daters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois lawmakers are pushing for criminal background checks for online daters.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports, the Illinois State Senate passed legislation by a vote of 42-9 Wednesday that would require online dating sites to say whether they perform criminal background checks on prospective member. Any service that does conduct background checks would have to use government databases such as criminal court records and sex offender registries, the Chicago Tribune reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports

The site would also have to admit if someone with a criminal background signs up, the Tribune reported.

The legislation would require sites to post safety tips, including the caveat that background checks aren’t foolproof, the Tribune reported.

Any site that fails to follow the rules would be fined $50,000 per violation under the law, the Tribune reported.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) voted against the bill. He said it is tantamount to trying to legislate people’s dating patterns and relationships, the Tribune reported.

Raoul was quoted in the Tribune, “We’re not mom and dad here in the legislature.”

The bill now moves to the State House of Representatives, where similar legislation has passed out of committee before, the Tribune reported.

  • !

    Looks like they’re out of useful things to do.

  • Just Axin

    Looks like that Raoul might have half a brain. He usually votes the way he is told to vote. In the meantime, call your reps and tell them what you think of this f-ed up bill.

  • Tommy

    Does this mean that they will allow me to state that as an individual with two misdemeanors that the reason why I have them is because the pigs don;t do their job and I had to fight gangs to get them off of my back and to stop damaging my family’s property? I live in CHITcago, and the gangs in Canaryville (Dan Ryan at the 39th Street exit) are unreal. In my neighborhood I have called the cops at least 10 times in the last decade…and as usual nothing happens. I have managed to break up a car stripping ring(42 Boyz were stripping two to three cars per week), a drug dealing ring (29th Street Bishops were dealing drugs on my block) and caused the gang bangers and DRUNK CHITcago Fireman to pay for damages to my property by fighting with them. I could talk about the issues of living in CHITcago for an hour but the court system hands down misdemeanors to people who mind their own business and HIDE in their homes. I literally am in by sunset and my property has been attacked many many many times. If you are unwilling to go out and do something about it then you will continue to be attacked. Since 2000, my property and vehicle has had MORE THAN $5,000 in damage done to it. Am I supposed to sit here while the CHITcago pigs in the 9th District do nothing?

    • James

      If they do, the liberals complain.

  • Spookiest spook

    Site needs to identify fake boobs versus real. Now that can be a deal breaker.

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