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Illinois legislature focused like a laser on critical issues

posted at 12:59 pm on February 21, 2013 by

Two of their last three governors retired to prison.  One Congressional district has seen its last two Representatives convicted for corruption.  Federal anti-corruption investigators have taken up residence in its largest city and so far don’t seem to have any worries about job security.  So what are Illinois state legislators focused on these days?  The scourge of …. anonymous Internet commenters:

A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online.

The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”

The bill, which does not ask for or clarify requirements from entities requesting the comment removal, would take effect 90 days after becoming law.

Pseudonymous and anonymous comments have long been a critical part of U.S. public discourse, though, and the bill may be on shaky legal ground.

Hey, so are Illinois politicians!

Just remember — every single one of the anonymous commenters who add in their two cents on this post are sticking a thumb in the eye of Illinois politicians.  By all rights, this should be our most popular post evah.

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