Rauner signs Molly’s Law in Illinois
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed Molly’s Law Tuesday.
Since 2012, Molly Young’s family has tried to bring closure to their daughter’s death. She’s the Southern Illinois University student who was found shot to death in an apartment four years ago.
The bill is two fold. It extends the statute of limitations for families and groups that want to file wrongful death lawsuits from two years to five years after the time of death. It also steepens the penalty for agencies that don’t respond and answer freedom of information act requests. The fine is now doubled from the maximum $5,000 to $10,000. It also adds an additional $1,000 fine for every day after 30 days after the request is filed.
Molly’s family is still seeking Justice.
Molly Young’s family and friends were all wearing green, carrying signs and wearing bracelets. They say Tuesday is a small victory, but they won’t stop fighting for Molly’s memory and for other families in the future.
Rauner addressed the room before the signing, saying: "It is so important in America that our government work for the people, that our justice system work for the people."
But to Molly’s family and friends, the governor says: "I’m so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Molly’s father, Larry Young, says he appreciates the thoughts and the kind words, but they still won’t bring back his daughter. "I would like to clarify my daughter’s death has not been resolved," he says.
Young says it’s been several difficult years, investigating his own daughter’s death and requesting and combing through information. He says the legislation helps.
"The citizens of Illinois are supporting this, incredibly, because the more you expose, the more they support it," says Young.
But he won’t give up trying to bring justice for his daughter and other families
"If a suspect has a right to remain silent, why doesn’t the victim’s family have a right to find the truth?" Young says.
Larry says he’s still requesting about 30 pieces of information from the Carbondale Police Department.
After Molly’s Law was signed, Larry Young asked Rauner to arrange a meeting with the state police director to review their investigative efforts and details of his daughter’s case.