CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois now has a new law to keep you safe when you date online.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, the new law, called Internet Dating Safety Act, was signed into law Friday by Gov. Pat Quinn. It takes effect immediately.

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“With online dating becoming increasingly popular in the 21st century, it is important to make sure its participants are safe and aware of potential risks,” Gov. Pat said in a news release. “This new law will help keep Illinois citizens both financially and physically safe from predators they may unknowingly encounter when using an Internet dating service.”

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The new legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) requires Internet dating services to tell all users upfront whether they do or do NOT conduct criminal background checks.

Those sites that do conduct background checks, but continue to let people with shady pasts keep their memberships, must tell users their screenings are not fool proof.

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LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports