Bill to obtain search warrant via video advances

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant through a videoconference is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

The change to the state's criminal code is sponsored by state Rep. Mike Zalewski (zuh-LESS'-kee). The Riverside Democrat's proposal would allow search warrants to be obtained from a judge in terrorism cases during a video conference when the requesting prosecutor can't be present in a courtroom.

Current law only allows search warrants to be obtained in such cases by oral testimony, which can include requests via telephone or fax.

Supporters say the measure is a practical one in a digital age.

The measure passed the House 107-1.

It now heads to the state Senate.