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Updated: 
June 26, 2020

What is the legal definition of stalking in Illinois?

Stalking is a “course of conduct” (two or more acts) directed at a person, workplace, school, or place of worship, 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;
  • fear for the safety of a workplace, school, or place of worship; or
  • suffer emotional distress.1

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, monitors, observes, keeps watch over, or threatens you (or a workplace, school, or place of worship);
  • 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; or
  • interferes with or damages your property or pet.1

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; placing an object on or delivering an object to property owned, leased, or occupied by you; and appearing at the prohibited workplace, school, or place of worship.1

1 740 ILCS 21/10