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Elgin lawmaker wants drug offenders to pay for police costs

Rep. Keith Farnham, an Elgin Democrat, has sponsored legislation that would require offenders convicted of drug offenses to cover the police’s cost to bust them.

SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers are advancing a new proposal that could force people convicted on marijuana and meth charges to pay fines to cover the police’s cost to bust them.

Sponsored by Rep. Keith Farnham, an Elgin Democrat, the plan was approved by the Illinois House this week.
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The idea came from Elgin police officer Chris Jensen and Lt. Jeff Adam, who has suggested taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for the costs of others’ illegal activities.

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Or we could just decriminalize it and save everyone a lot of money.