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Bomke lends support to domestic violence measures

[MAY 21, 2003]  SPRINGFIELD -- Sen. Larry Bomke lent his support in recent efforts to protect victims of domestic violence. Two measures sponsored by Bomke gained approval in the Senate last week and moved on to the governor.

The first, House Bill 2525, would allow prior domestic violence convictions in other states to count against offenders in sentencing.

"This is a great step forward for victims of domestic violence," said Bomke, R-Springfield. "By allowing prior offenses from other states to count against an offender, we can better protect victims and their children from repeat attacks. Many times, victims will try to make a new life in another state only to have the attacker follow them and repeat their crimes in a new location. House Bill 2525 will make sure all of an abuser's prior offenses count against them in sentencing, regardless of the location where they occurred."

Under current law, prior convictions trigger increased penalties for domestic violence crimes if they are similar offenses against the same person or a family member and if the incidents occurred in Illinois. House Bill 2525 would allow prior offenses committed in other jurisdictions to also trigger the increased penalties.


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Under current law, domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a sentence of under one year in state prison or up to two years of probation. If the offender has prior convictions, the crime is a Class 4 felony, meriting one to three years in prison or 2 years of probation.

Bomke's second measure, House Bill 2547, builds on a 1998 law (PA 90-245) that ended insurance discrimination against domestic violence victims when purchasing or renewing life, health or disability insurance.

Bomke sponsored the earlier law and this year is a sponsor of House Bill 3547, which extends the restrictions on denying coverage to victims of abuse to property and casualty insurance.

Both proposed laws gained unanimous approval in the Senate May 13. If signed into law, they will take effect Jan. 1, 2004.

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Name, age, address; date, charge; sentence

(Week ending 5-15-03)

  • Larry Franklin, 23, 1305 N. Ledlie, Springfield; 12-7-00, battery; pleaded guilty, 24 months probation, restitution for counseling for victim, $1,000 fine

  • Sean J. Grant, 25, 1308 2250th, Atlanta; unlawful possession of cannabis; pleaded guilty, 12 months conditional discharge, $500 fine plus court costs, $200 mandatory assessment, $100 lab fee

  • Theresa Justice, 21, 120 1800th, New Holland; 6-21-02, disorderly conduct; pleaded guilty, 24 months probation, 180 days Logan County Jail

  • Patrick J. Palmer, 19, 6440 S. Ellis, Chicago; 1-28-03, delivery of a controlled substance; pleaded guilty, 48 months probation, 180 days Logan County Jail, $700 street value fine, $2,000 mandatory assessment

  • Christin Parish, 21; 6-1-01, 10-17-01, retail theft; pleaded guilty, 30 days Logan County Jail deferred, $300 fine, $600 restitution

  • Henry Rice, 28, 1655 E. Lawrence, Decatur; 4-11-03, escape; pleaded guilty, seven months conditional discharge

  • Charles Walker, 53, 602 Grove, Middletown; 9-19-02, aggravated DUI; pleaded guilty, three years Department of Corrections

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(Week ending 5-15-03)

  • Jatun L. Combs, Lincoln
    Antoinette D. Anderson, Chicago

  • Troy J. Hines, Mason City
    Suzanne D. Gordon, Mason City

  • Robert L. White, Atlanta
    Barbara M. Ellenberg, Emden

  • John R. Walters III, Mason City
    Tara M. Arnold, Mason City

  • Eric T. Curry, Lincoln
    Tammy R. Preston, Lincoln

  • Christopher R. Witte, New Albany, Ind.
    Melanie L. Miller, New Albany, Ind.


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  • James M. Fuller, Broadway
    Heather C. Fuller, Beason

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Storage sheds burglarized

[APRIL 25, 2003]  Sometime prior to March 26, several burglaries took place at The Storage Box, 1730 Fifth St. in Lincoln. Unknown person(s) cut the locks off several storage sheds at that location. Once inside the sheds, unknown person(s) took video equipment, golf equipment and some computer equipment. Items stolen from the storage sheds added up to approximately $10,000.

Anyone with any information concerning this incident or any other crime in the Lincoln/Logan County area is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (217) 732-3000 or e-mail crimestoppers@lincolnpolice.us.

Your information will be kept confidential and you may remain anonymous.

If your information leads to the arrest of the person(s) involved, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward up to $1,000.

Crime Stoppers has an answering machine to answer your calls. This is to protect you if you wish to remain anonymous. (Your calls cannot be traced with the machine).

You need to let us know how you can be contacted about the incident, or you must watch to see if the subject has been arrested. This is so we can make a payout to you.

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