‘Andrea’s Law’ goes to Quinn

SPRINGFIELD — Convicted first-degree murderers who are released from Illinois prisons could soon have to appear on a registry for life, a proposal stemming from the 1998 murder of Batavia’s Andrea Will.

Called “Andrea’s Law,” the plan was approved by the Illinois House Tuesday and now moves to Gov. Pat Quinn for final review.

Will was killed by Justin Boulay while a student at Eastern Illinois University. Boulay was let out of prison last month after serving 12 years. Soon afterward, Boulay moved to Hawaii.

The plan was sponsored by Rep. Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst. The registry would be run by the Illinois State Police and reflect the sex-offender registry.

Will’s mother lobbied lawmakers in person earlier this year, giving powerful testimony that Reboletti has said helped get the plan moving.