Vermilion County State’s Attorney testifies in committee

On Wednesday I was proud to be joined by Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy in the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee. She came to Springfield to testify in support of House Bill 914, legislation which would extend the statute of limitations for perjury from three years out to seven years. A witness in a murder case in Vermilion County admitted to having committed perjury, but because the admission came more than three years later, authorities were unable to prosecute the crime. While a three-year statute of limitations is common throughout Illinois law, there are numerous crimes which have longer periods of time to prosecute. I believe the events in Vermilion County, which State’s Attorney Lacy made clear to the committee, illustrate the case for passing this legislation and extending the statute of limitations.