102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/31/2022, by Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of criminal
instigation. Provides that a person commits the offense when the person
knowingly: (1) makes a verbal or non-verbal threat of violence against
another person; and 2) publishes the threat on a social media website.
Provides that criminal instigation is a Class A misdemeanor. Defines
"non-verbal threat" and "social media website".
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning criminal law.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Criminal Code of 2012 is amended by adding
Section 12-6.6 as follows:
(720 ILCS 5/12-6.6 new)
(a) In this Section:
"Non-verbal threat" includes, but is not limited to,
brandishing a firearm or other weapon in a threatening manner.
"Social media website" means a service, platform, or site
where users communicate with one another and share media, such
as pictures, videos, music, and blogs, with other users free
of charge or through subscription.
(b) A person commits criminal instigation when the person
(1) makes a verbal or non-verbal threat of violence
against another person; and
(2) publishes the threat on a social media website.
(c) Sentence. Criminal instigation is a Class A