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Senate Targets Social Media-Fueled Mob Attacks

Bill approved 52-0 by legislators




    Anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack could face tougher punishment under legislation approved by the Illinois Senate.

    Lawmakers said the bill approved 52-0 on Wednesday was in response to recent incidents in Chicago. Groups of young people have descended on Michigan Avenue and other locations to attack or rob victims.

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    Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul says street gangs also have used social media such as Twitter to organize and publicize attacks in other areas.

    Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, says the incidents could hurt business and that the legislation "sends a message."

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    The bill would allow a judge to impose an extended sentence if someone used electronic communication in a mob action. It now moves to the Illinois House.