Illinois House bill would form stolen metals task force

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bill filed in the Illinois House would form a new task force to address thefts of recyclable metals, including copper. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the panel would review efforts to combat theft and come up with new ideas. Findings would be reported to the governor annually. Members of the task force would include state legislators, local police chiefs and industry representatives, among others. According to insurance groups, there are more than 10,000 insurance claims for copper theft each year. The bill was introduced by Democratic Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea. He says a long-term solution to copper theft is needed.