Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) is waging battle with virtual video game developers over their impact on parks and other property.
The legislator has proposed legislation, HB 660, also known as Pidgey's Law, that will impose daily fines on video game developers that ignore removal requests for games that infringe on property.
"Pokemon Go and other augmented reality games are rapidly increasing in popularity, but this new technology comes with a few glitches," an announcement from Cassidy's office reads. "At the Loyola Dunes Restoration Site in Rogers Park, Chicago, a PokeStop has been placed on a state and federally protected site, enticing players to leave the designated path and inadvertently trample sensitive habitat and bird nesting grounds. Despite receiving many requests for the site to be removed - including one from the Chicago Park District - the game's developer has yet to move the Pokestop."
Cassidy will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon with leaders of the Sierra Club and Illinois Environmental Council to formally announce the proposal that aims to "protect sensitive areas from augmented reality games."