STATE CAPITOL BUREAU
SPRINGFIELD -- Legislation meant to help law enforcement officials prosecute child pornographers is on its way to Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The Illinois Senate voted 53-0 Wednesday for Senate Bill 697, which passed the House last week, 114-0.
The measure, an initiative of Attorney General Lisa Madigan, requires individuals convicted of a child-exploitation offense to provide authorities with their Internet Protocol (IP) address. Police could use that information, which would be collected in a database, to track down someone who downloads child pornography.
“IP addresses are critical evidence left at the scene by suspected high-tech child pornographers,” Madigan said in a news release.
The bill needs the governor’s signature to become law.