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September 19, 2017

What is the legal definition of stalking in Illinois?

Stalking is a “course of conduct” (two or more acts) directed at you, and the abuser knows (or should know) that these actions would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her safety, fear for the safety of another person, or suffer emotional distress.  The "course of conduct" could include, but is not limited to, behavior where the abuser directly, indirectly, or through third parties, does any of the following:

  • follows you, monitors you, observes you, keeps watch over you, threatens you, or communicates to you or about you;
  • engages in other "contact" with you that is started or continued without your consent, or s/he ignores a request that you make for the contact to stop (see examples of contact below); or
  • interferes with or damages your property or pet.*

Examples of “contact” include, but are not limited to: being in your physical presence; appearing within your sight; coming towards you or contacting you in a public place or on private property; appearing at your workplace or home; entering onto or remaining on property that you own or lease or are currently in; and placing an object on or delivering an object to property owned, leased, or occupied by you.*

* 740 ILCS 21/10