Scrap theft is part of a continuing problem that a state representative hopes can be addressed with the approval of a new bill that has passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly. Municipalities around the area have passed laws to tighten the noose on those who would deal in illegally obtained metals, but scrap thieves continue to find places to peddle their stolen goods in neighboring communities.
Illinois State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) says House Bill 330, creating a task force of experts he says will help devise a wide-ranging plan to combat metal theft.
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If Governor Bruce Rauner signs this bill into law, the task force would include legislators, state and local law enforcement, and representatives from the state’s public utilities, rural electric cooperatives, insurance companies, and scrap metal suppliers.