Niemerg, Wilhour Advance Bills Out of Committee


Published on March 17 2023 1:48 pm
Last Updated on March 17 2023 1:48 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Two local legislators have bills out of committee.

The Illinois House Judiciary Criminal Committee advanced legislation St. Rep. Adam Niemerg of Dieterich is sponsoring to make remote testimony for victims under 13 years of age the standard practice in cases where abuse is alleged.


House Bill 2607 establishes a presumption that a child under 13 years of age who is believed to be a crime victim will testify outside the courtroom, and that the child's testimony will be shown in the courtroom by means of a closed circuit television. The presumption could only be removed if the defendant proves the child would not suffer emotional distress by providing testimony in the courtroom.

The measure has advanced to the House floor.

The Illinois House Appropriations General Services Committee has advanced legislation St. Rep. Blaine Wilhour of Beecher City is sponsoring to prevent state money from being invested in any fund or business enterprise with ties to the Chinese Communist Party. House Bill 2984 prohibits the use of public funds in investments or institutions tied  to the Chinese Communist Partyor the People's Republic of China. The measure also requires vendors and state contractors to disclose any connection to the Chinese government before submitting a bid.


House Bill moves to the House floor for further consideration.