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Illinois Hopes GPS Will Thwart Stalkers

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A new Illinois law designed to protect victims of domestic violence was signed by Governor Rod Blagojevich today. It relies on GPS tracking to make sure offenders don’t violate restraining orders.

The new law was inspired by Cindy Bischof, who was killed earlier this year by her ex-boyfriend. The man had a restraining order against him, but that didn’t stop him from stalking Bischof. Her brother Michael says GPS monitoring could have helped save her life.

BISCHOF: She walked out of her work in a parking lot and was gunned down. So she would have been notified in advance, knowing that he was in the area.

The law will let a judge require GPS tracking bracelets for someone that violates a restraining order. But some advocates say those violators should be put in prison.

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