New Illinois law could help victims’ families

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A new Illinois law could strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that could help families fighting to learn the truth about the death of loved ones.

Rauner sign legislation Tuesday that strengthens Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act by increasing fines for public bodies that fail to comply with court orders to release information.

The law also increases the statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits from two years to five.

Rauner says it’s “an important day for Illinois families seeking justice.”

The measure has been dubbed “Molly’s Law” for Molly Young of Carbondale. She died in 2012 of a gunshot wound to the head in her boyfriend’s apartment. A special prosecutor could not determine whether the death was an accident, suicide or homicide.

Her father has fought to obtain police records in the case.