State Rep. Sue Scherer of Decatur recently passed legislation strengthening penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine near schools. Scherer says it’s important to keep school zones safe:
The bill makes the production of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school a Class X felony, punishable by up to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $400,000 or the estimated street value of the drugs. Under current law, manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a church or other house of worship is also a Class X felony.
The legislation, which is backed by the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance, received unanimous support in the House and now awaits consideration in the Senate.