Illinois: bill would require all courthouses have walk-through magnetometers, Department of State Police to assist in purchasing

An effort to increase security at courthouses and other public buildings in Illinois has been filed in the state’s legislature.

HB 191 as filed would, among other things, require all Illinois sheriffs to provide a walk-through metal detector at each point of entry into the courthouse. All members of the public would be subject to search, however “employees of the county or individuals who display proper credentials” would be exempt. The Department of State Police would make grants to counties/courthouses to pay for the detectors.

The bill includes similar entrance screening requirements for schools, institutions of higher learning, and hospitals.

HB 191 has been filed in the House Rules Committee.