8/28/2017 1:37:00 PM Illinois governor signs 2 criminal justice measures into law
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will allow authorities to prosecute out-of-state drug dealers for deaths caused by their sales under a measure signed recently by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The new law is named after Evan Rushing, a southwestern Illinois man the bill’s sponsor says died of an overdose after buying drugs from a St. Louis dealer.
Another measure the Republican governor approved bans what’s known as the “gay panic” defense in murder cases in Illinois. Among other things, the law bars the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as a justification for murder.
California has a similar law.
The Illinois measure received wide bipartisan support in the Legislature.
Rauner signed both measures on Friday without offering any comment.