WBEZ | John Millner http://www.wbez.org/tags/john-millner Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Stiffer penalty for those accused of concealing a person's death http://www.wbez.org/story/conceal-body/stiffer-penalty-those-accused-concealing-persons-death <p><p>Under a new Illinois law, it will officially be considered a felony to conceal a person's death. Previously, people could only be charged with concealing a death of a homicide.</p><p>State Sen. John Millner, R-Bloomingdale, of suburban Carol Stream sponsored the bill. He said there was a case in which a group of people from Kane County dumped a dead body in Chicago.</p><p>&quot;They determined they could not charge them because they didn't know if this person was murdered or if it was just an accidental overdose,&quot;&nbsp;he said. &quot;And again for years we would just charge them with concealing the death of a homicide. there was no problem with it. but now as case law develops and you have more creative attorneys out there, they needed to more clearly define the legislation.&quot;</p><p>Millner says concealing a death could also hamper evidence collection, and be a health concern. The law takes effect January 1st.</p></p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/conceal-body/stiffer-penalty-those-accused-concealing-persons-death