CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Wednesday a requirement that coaches and university employees report cases of abuse.
Quinn's office said the law goes into effect immediately and is designed to help further protect children and young people from sex abuse and child abuse. Illinois lawmakers introduced the measure in response to the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.
"We in Illinois and across America need to make sure our laws are strengthened to protect against any sexual assault against a child or a young person who's competing in athletics or anything else," Quinn said at an unrelated news conference later Wednesday.
The law requires athletic personnel, university employees and early intervention providers to report suspected abuse.
Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon sponsored the bill and said the situation at Penn State made it clear Illinois needed to tighten up its reporting laws to make sure nothing like that happens here.