Illinois police officers could soon be able to save valuable time apprehending suspects by getting arrest warrants issued electronically, due to legislation sponsored by State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove).
“As a former prosecutor I understand how critical time is during a criminal investigation,” said Sen. Curran. “This will empower our officers and courts to work more quickly and efficiently to get criminals off the streets.”
House Bill 1583 allows for arrest warrants to be issued electronically. The warrants will still require sworn complaints and/or testimony, but that can be sent electronically to the judge under the legislation. The new process would be similar to the current procedure for obtaining search warrants electronically.
The legislation passed the Senate unanimously on May 16th, and now heads to the House for a concurrence vote.