It will be more difficult for protesters to disrupt funerals in Illinois if a House bill makes it through both chambers. The House passed a measure that would limit protests at funerals, but there are still some changes the sponsor is looking to pass. Smithton Democratic Jerry Costello’s bill would limit protest disruptions at funeral sites to one hour before and after the funeral.
The measure would also increase the prohibited area from three-hundred to one-thousand feet of the funeral site. Costello says there are still some tweaks to his bill he’s pushed for several years, including making a violation of the law a misdemeanor rather than a felony. The measure passed the House with zero no votes and now advances to the Senate.