John J. Millner
State Senator District 28 - Republican

Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)
Contact:   Springfield Office: District Office:
    105 State Capital 290 Springfield Drive Suite 225
    Springfield, IL   62706 Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  Phone (217) 782-8192 630/351-9340
  Fax 217/782-4079 630/351-9370
April 19, 2007/pk

For Immediate Release

Millner bills move forward in the Senate
Bills to curb the use of a dangerous hallucinogen
and crack down child pornographers advance in the Senate

SPRINGFIELD , IL — Measures aimed at banning a dangerous hallucinogen and cracking down on predators who target children were among the bills sponsored by State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream) which moved forward in the Illinois Senate on Thursday, April 19. The following is a brief synopsis of the bills:

House Bill 457--- The House of Representative’s version of Senator Millner’s efforts to make Salvia Divinorum a Schedule I controlled substance. The bill is exactly the same as Senator Millner’s Senate version (SB 226) except for a provision which also bans the use of the seeds, extract or other derivatives of the plant. Like Senator Millner’s original bill, anyone convicted of possessing Salvia Divinorum would be subject to a Class 4 felony and anyone who manufactures, delivers, or possesses with intent to manufacture or deliver Salvia Divinorum subject to a Class 3 felony.

Senate Bill 697--- This bill was amended from a previous version to create a new offense of Aggravated Child Pornography while leaving out some original related provisions.

The bill applies to the child pornography where the offender knew or reasonably should know the child is under the age of 13. Aggravated child pornography would be a Class X felony.

House Bill 181--- The House version of a bill Senator Millner originally sponsored last session. House Bill 181 closes a sentencing loophole by ensuring that anyone convicted of a crime only gets credit for the time they actually served in confinement, rather than the duration of their term. The bill, sponsored in the House of Representatives by Rep. Tim Schmitz (R- Geneva), was presented last year at the requested of the Kane County State ’s Attorney’s Office. Senator Millner’s original bill (SB2402) passed the Senate unanimously last year, but was held in the House.

All three bills passed the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Law Committee on Thursday, April 19. For more information, or comment from Senator Millner, on these bills, please call his Bloomingdale District office at 630-351-8340, or his Springfield office at 217-782-8192