HB 601 HB 3772 HB 3699 Glowiak Hilton

OAKBROOK TERRACE – To address rising rates of vehicle thefts throughout Illinois, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton supported three measures to offer protections to motorists and assistance to investigators that were signed into law Thursday.

“Commuters and families are worried to be on the roadways due to the rise in reported carjackings,” said Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs). “To offer protections to motorists, these new laws in Illinois will soon help crack down on car thefts and prevent victims from paying speeding fees or fines after the crime is committed.”

House Bill 601 addresses new and sophisticated technology used by car thieves that can replicate the signal from a vehicle’s key fob and be used to start a vehicle remotely. The new law adds possession of this technology to the legal definition of possession of burglary tools, allowing law enforcement to take action on organized vehicle thefts.

To protect victims of vehicle thefts and carjackings, House Bill 3772 safeguards vehicle owners from liability for any violations during the period in which the motor vehicle was stolen or hijacked. The measure also allows victims to seek reimbursement for towing and storage fees up to $1,000. In addition, House Bill 3699 adds new resources for law enforcement to coordinate against carjackings by expanding the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention and Insurance Verification Act.

All three measures were signed into law Thursday and take effect Jan. 1, 2023.