A local state lawmaker is continuing his effort to crack down on copper thieves in Illinois.
Last year State Representative Mike Unes of East Peoria helped pass a law to make it more difficult for metal thieves to sell their loot, and now he's passed a bill to stiffen the penalties for the crime.
"The bill states that when copper theft occurs, the person committing the theft will not only be responsible for the copper stolen, but for the damages that were caused during the theft," said Unes.
The house passed the bill by a nearly unanimous vote.
It now heads to the senate.