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State Senate passes 'revenge porn' bill

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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Senate has approved a proposal making it illegal to display what some are calling "revenge porn."

The measure passed unanimously in the chamber Wednesday and now heads to the House.

The bill would make it a felony to post sexual material of another person on the Internet without their consent. It would be punishable by up to three years in jail and a $25,000 fine.

State Sen. Michael Hastings is sponsoring the measure. The Democrat from Orland Hills says "revenge porn" -- often posted by angry ex-boyfriends, girlfriends or spouses -- has serious harmful effects, even leading victims to commit suicide.

But the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is concerned the bill is too broad and would like to see some changes.

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