Steans applauds crime victims' rights amendment approval

Steans-MarsysThis week 77 percent of Illinois voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to increase the rights of crime victims. Senator Heather Steans (Chicago) sponsored the measure known as Marsy’s Law to provide more information and a greater voice in court actions for victims of crime.

Sen. Steans released the following statement today:

“The people of Illinois understand that crime victims deserve greater rights, privacy and more information during the difficult process of hearings, sentencing, penalties and release of the perpetrators. Victims and their families have worked tirelessly to provide better resolution and justice, and I am grateful to Attorney General Lisa Madigan for her support in getting this measure to the ballot. Illinoisans’ overwhelming support for this amendment will benefit victims and improve our constitution for our state’s future.”

Senator Heather Steans


7th District

Years served: 2008 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I (Chairperson); Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Executive Appointments; Executive; Government Accountability/Pensions; Human Services; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (HS) (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Born May 8, 1963, in Lake Forest, IL; B.A. in Urban Studies from Princeton; M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; former budget director, WI Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations and former strategic planner, Chicago Public Schools; married (husband, Leo Smith) with three children.

Associated Representatives:
Kelly M. Cassidy
Gregory Harris