Change to GPS monitoring law for restraining orders advances

A Garmin GPS unit is shown inside a vehicle in Tampa, Fla. on Aug. 27, 2008. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

April 9, 2014 8:47:47 AM PDT
A bill that would let law enforcement officials use GPS tracking on people with a restraining order is advancing in the Illinois Legislature

The Daily Herald reports state law only lets a judge order GPS monitoring after a suspect has violated an order of protection - not before.

The legislation would let authorities monitor someone as soon as protective order is issued.

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Barbara Wheeler, a Crystal Lake Republican. She says she drafted the measure after the slaying of an Antioch woman who was killed by her ex-boyfriend even though she'd taken out an order of protection against the man.

The bill passed the House and now advances to the Senate.