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Some Illinois lawmakers are working to outlaw revenge porn.  They want to make it a crime to post private pictures of an ex to the Internet.  It's a growing trend that Illinois Senator Michael Hastings says should be against the law.

"I'm hoping that a young man or woman that makes a video at one point for a relationship isn't scorned by it in the future when that relationship ends," State Senator Michael Hastings said.  

The measure calls for a maximum $25,000 fine and up to three years in prison. A judge would have the final say in deciding the severity of the penalty.  But, opponents argue the bill is too broad and the bill needs work.

"Let's say a senior in high school is on a class trip and a couple of friends decide to moon the bus. Somebody snaps a picture and posts it. The person who mooned could claim they are victims of revenge
porn," Edwin Yohnka with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois said.

The ACLU says the penalties are a bit harsh and people in the viewing area agree.

"I don't really think the penalty should be as high as that. 3 years in prison that seems a bit steep," Kevelin Chandler said.

Others say it's fitting for the offender.

"People don't understand that when they do things for every action there is a reaction and if you're going to do something that you know is bad you better be willing to take the consequences," Ruben Garcia said.

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