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Bill to obtain search warrant via video advances

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 11:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Legislation that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant through a videoconference is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

The change to the state's criminal code is sponsored by state Rep. Mike Zalewski. The Riverside Democrat's proposal would allow search warrants to be obtained from a judge in terrorism cases during a video conference when the requesting prosecutor can't be present in a courtroom.

Current law only allows search warrants to be obtained in such cases by oral testimony, which can include requests via telephone or fax.

Supporters say the measure is a practical one in a digital age.

The measure passed the House 107-1.

It now heads to the state Senate.

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The bill is HB4594.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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