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Legislation to increase penalties for manufacturing meth near schools becomes law

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 9:25 p.m. CDT

GRUNDY COUNTY – Legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee, to increase the penalties for any individual who manufactures methamphetamine near a school was recently signed into law.

As a result, manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school will carry an increased punishment, according to a news release from Cloonen.

The production of methamphetamine has increased during the past decade and needs to be addressed enforcing tougher penalties for production of meth, Cloonen said in the statement.

“It is intolerable for any person to put our children’s lives in jeopardy, especially by manufacturing a dangerous, illicit drug,” Cloonen said in the news release. “If an individual chooses to manufacture meth near a school, he or she exposes students to a serious risk. We must guarantee anyone making the choice to put our children in danger will receive a suitable sentence.”

Cloonen represents the 79th District, which includes all or portions of Braceville, Coal City, Diamond, Gardner and South Wilmington, among other areas.

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