Former Illinois Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced for Drug Crimes

A 40-year-old woman received a one-month sentence for drug crimes committed while serving as a sheriff’s deputy in Kane County, Illinois, according to an article by the Daily Herald.

Illinois State Police officers began investigating the Kane County woman in 2015. At that time, the officers received information alleging that the woman was diverting seized prescription drugs that were destined for the sheriff’s evidence locker.

In order to verify this allegation, Illinois State Police officers planted marked packages of prescription drugs in a dropbox at the Pingree Grove Police Department. The officers also established video surveillance to track the marked pharmaceuticals.

Law enforcement monitored the pharmaceuticals for approximately two days, but the officers did not observe the marked drugs moving from the dropbox to the sheriff’s evidence locker. A search of the evidence locker did not turn up the marked pharmaceuticals, either.

Illinois State Police then obtained a search [...]

Examining Robbery Crimes in Illinois

This blog post will provide an overview of the different types of robbery crimes in Illinois. The following sections will provide definitions and penalties for standard robbery, aggravated robbery, and armed robbery.

Definition of Robbery in Illinois

As underlined in 720 ILCS 5/18-1, robbery is a theft crime. If the perpetrator steals another person’s property using force or threats of force, then it becomes a robbery, though it is important to note that robbery does not apply to the theft of cars or other vehicles. There are separate laws and penalties for car theft.

Penalties for Robbery in Illinois

Under 720 ILCS 5/18-1, robbery is generally a Class 2 felony in Illinois. A Class 2 felony is punishable by up to 84 months in jail, 48 months of probation, and $25,000 in fines.

Under certain circumstances, such as robbery committed at a school or church, robbery can [...]

Illinois General Assembly Passes Series of Gun Control Measures

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, the Illinois General Assembly passed several pieces of legislation to improve statewide gun control, according to an article by the Belleville News-Democrat.

In order to grasp the significance of these changes, the following sections will provide an overview of each specific gun control bill.

Minimum Age for Certain Weapons

Officially referred to as HB1465, this bill makes it unlawful for a person under 21 years old to possess an assault rifle, assault rifle modification, .50-caliber rifle or .50-caliber ammunition in Illinois. HB1465 also makes it unlawful to sell, gift or otherwise deliver this category of firearm to a person under 21 years old.

HB1465 also addresses feeding devices that are capable of loading a firearm with large quantities of ammunition. In the future, it will be unlawful to sell, gift or otherwise deliver such feeding devices to a person [...]

Illinois Judge Expands Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

An Illinois judge ruled to expand the statewide qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, according to an article by the Chicago Tribune.

Specifically, the judge determined that patients suffering from “intractable pain” should qualify for medical marijuana in Illinois. Intractable pain is a general term for all types of pain that are resistant to standard medical treatment. At present, Illinois public policy does not include intractable pain in the list of approximately 40 debilitating conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

This dispute arose in January of 2016. That is when the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) refused to add intractable pain to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. As a result, a private citizen suffering from intractable pain filed a lawsuit and asked for judicial intervention.

In reviewing the lawsuit, the Illinois judge determined that the IDPH director made an erroneous decision. Evidence [...]