A bill named after a Batavia woman who died at the hands of ex-boyfriend passed through the Illinois House on Tuesday and is now headed to the Senate.
Andrea's Law passed on the House floor 97-1-4. Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) was the sole vote against the legislation.
Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) is the chief sponsor of the bill.
Andrea's Law is named after Andrea Will, a Batavia resident who was strangled to death in 1998 by her ex-boyfriend Justin Boulay, formerly of St. Charles. Will and Boulay were students at Eastern Illinois University at the time of the murder.
"I can’t even describe the feeling I had," said Will's mother Patty Rosenberg of the vote. "(I'm) proud, excited to move onto the next step ... Andrea was here with me. It was going to happen today, and it did."
The bill is intended to create a public database of all those convicted of first-degree murder. It was amended to include more than just those convicted of murder prior to the use of truth-in-sentencing law.
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