Illinois Men Face Robbery and Burglary Charges After Looting Last Summer

Two Illinois men face charges for armed robbery, residential burglary, and other crimes after allegedly participating in looting activities last summer, according to an article by The Pantagraph

This incident allegedly occurred on July 12, 2020 in Normal, Illinois. That is when the two men in question — plus a third, unidentified male — apparently broke into a victim’s home and brandished a handgun. After striking the victim and stealing property, the perpetrators fled the scene. 

As a result of their alleged participation in this incident, the two Illinois men in question face numerous criminal charges. In order to understand the potential criminal consequences at play, it will be necessary to review the Illinois penalties for armed robbery, residential burglary, burglary, and mob action. 

Armed Robbery Penalties in Illinois

Illinois law at 720 ILCS 5/18-2 clarifies the state penalties for armed robbery offenses. Under this section, armed [...]

Illinois Woman Faces Burglary and Other Charges After June Looting in Normal

After allegedly participating in the looting spree across Bloomington-Normal region in June of last year, an Illinois woman is charged with burglary and other crimes, according to an article by The Pantagraph.

The looting spree in question occurred on June 1, 2020, in the wake of nationwide civil unrest. This Illinois woman allegedly took part in a looting incident that occurred at a Walmart store in Normal, Illinois on Greenbriar Drive.

At present, this Illinois woman faces criminal charges for burglary, looting, and mob action. Instead of posting $1,035 in bail, this woman remains in police custody with an arraignment scheduled for March 26, 2021. 

While the legal case continues to develop for this Illinois woman, it feels like an appropriate opportunity to review several Illinois statutes at issue in the present story. 

Burglary: Laws and Penalties in Illinois

The Illinois laws against and penalties for burglary appear at[...]

Illinois Authorities Charge Indiana Woman for Defrauding Normal Banks

After allegedly attempting to defraud several banks in Normal, Illinois, an Indiana woman faces criminal charges for theft, burglary, and other crimes, according to an article by The Pantagraph

This incident traces back to January 2020. That is when the Indiana woman apparently used a fake ID and false credit card to receive a $5,000 advance from one bank. The Indiana woman also allegedly requested a $6,500 advance from another branch. 

As a result of this incident, the Indiana woman faces two counts of burglary, one count of theft, and three counts of other crimes. While this woman awaits her day in court, it seems appropriate to review several Illinois laws and penalties. 

Theft Under Illinois Law

720 ILCS 5/16-1 establishes the Illinois laws against and penalties for theft. Under this section, theft occurs when someone knowingly:

    Obtains or exerts control over another person’s property; Utilizes deception

Illinois Criminal Law: Burglary vs. Residential Burglary

The Illinois Criminal Code includes specific provisions that prohibit any person from committing burglary or residential burglary. Even though these offenses might sound highly similar, they are categorized and punished separately. Under Illinois law, the potential prison sentence can increase dramatically for burglary offenses committed in another person’s residence. 


Illinois law at 720 ILCS 5/19-1 provides the definition of burglary. Under this section, a person commits burglary if they:

    Knowingly and without legal authority enters or remains in a building, house-trailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle, railroad car; and Demonstrates an intent to commit theft or a felony crime. 

Any person who commits burglary in violation of Section 19-1 is guilty of a Class 3 felony. If convicted for this type of felony, the statutory punishment can include a prison sentence between two and five years as well as criminal fines up to $25,000. Probation or conditional discharge [...]