Illinois Man Arrested for Armed Robbery on College Campus

Law enforcement arrested an 18-year-old man from Urbana, Illinois for an armed robbery incident that occurred on the University of Illinois campus, according to an article by FOX Illinois.

The incident in question occurred on March 7th near the 100 block of North Gregory Street. That is when this Urbana man allegedly threw a student to the ground at gunpoint. Then this man allegedly extracted money and a phone from the student with the assistance of several accomplices.

Even though a trial in this case will not occur for some time, this seems like an ideal opportunity to review Illinois laws against and penalties for robbery and armed robbery.

Robbery in Illinois

As explained in 720 ILCS 5/18-1, robbery occurs when a perpetrator intentionally steals property from a victim. Robbery must occur directly from the person or in the presence of the victim. And the perpetrator must use [...]

Three Variations of Robbery Crimes in Illinois

Under Illinois law, robbery is a criminal offense that involves on stealing property by force or the threat of force. The circumstances of the crime matter greatly, as more dangerous conduct can result in charges of aggravated robbery or armed robbery. In order to understand the differences between these offenses, the following sections will explore Illinois robbery laws and associated penalties for these three variations of robbery crimes.


Under 720 ILCS 5/18-1, it is unlawful to steal another person’s property using force or the threat of force. Any person who violates this section is guilty of robbery under Illinois law.

Most commonly, robbery is a Class 2 felony in Illinois. The typical penalties for this type of felony include three to seven years in prison, $25,000 in fines, and four years of probation.

That being said, robbery can become a Class 1 felony, punishable as detailed in [...]

Laws and Penalties for Theft Crimes in Illinois

Theft is one of the most common crimes in Illinois and across the United States. From grocery stores to museums to apartments and homes, anything of value is a potential target for thieves. Despite elaborate security systems and other devices, property owners always have to worry about theft. That is why Illinois law employs a broad definition of theft crimes as well as a severe punishment scheme.

Definition of Theft in Illinois

The Illinois definition of theft appears in 720 ILCS 5/16-1. There are several different types of this offense, which revolve around possession and unauthorized control. A person commits theft in Illinois if they intentionally:

    Obtain another person’s property without authorization; Exert unauthorized control over another person’s property; Use deception to gain unauthorized control over another person’s property; Employ threats to gain unauthorized control over another person’s property; or Take possession of stolen property, despite knowing or having

Analyzing Burglary Crimes in Illinois

Burglary is a scary prospect for any home or property owner. Not even the best locks or security systems can keep out determined thieves. That is why Illinois has strict laws against burglary. When a burglar breaks into another person’s property, he or she runs the risk of severe criminal penalties.

Burglary Laws and Penalties

Under 720 ILCS 5/19-1, it is unlawful to knowingly enter another person’s property with the intent to commit theft or another felony. Illinois law specifically includes the following types of properties:

    Aircrafts; Buildings; House trailers; Motor vehicles; Railroad cars; and Water crafts.

The concept of intent is central to burglary in Illinois. It does not matter if the perpetrator actually steals anything. So long as the perpetrator intends to steal something or commit a different felony, burglary laws can apply.

The Illinois penalties for burglary change depending on the circumstances. For example, burglary [...]