Burglary vs. Residential Burglary in Illinois

The State of Illinois prohibits any person from stealing property or other valuable items under the general umbrella of theft crimes. Within that umbrella, Illinois also has specific types of theft, including but not limited to burglary and residential burglary.

What is the Illinois Definition of Burglary?

The Illinois definition of burglary appears under 720 ILCS 5/19-1. There are two elements to this offense under Illinois law. To commit burglary a person must:

    Enter or remain in a specific type of structure or vehicle, intentionally and without legal authority; and Have the intent to commit theft or other felony crimes.

720 ILCS 5/19-1 includes the following types of structures and vehicles in the definition of burglary:

    Aircraft; Buildings; House-trailers; Motor vehicles; Railroad cars; or Watercraft.

What are the Illinois Penalties for Burglary?

The Illinois penalties for burglary also appear under 720 ILCS 5/19-1. It is a Class 3 [...]

What Qualifies as Forgery in Illinois?

From an overarching standpoint, forgery involves the creation of a fake document or the alteration of an existing document. For example, some minors possess forged identification cards to illegally purchase alcohol. Some scammers send forged emails pretending to be a legitimate institution, such as a bank or government agency.

Regardless of the type of forged document, the intent often remains the same. These fake documents exist to misrepresent important facts or details and defraud other parties. To deter this type of behavior, Illinois employs strict laws against and severe penalties for committing forgery offenses.

How is Forgery Defined in Illinois?

720 ILCS 5/17-3 defines the crime of forgery in Illinois. Under this section, forgery occurs when a person:

    Creates a fake document or alters any existing document, with intent to use the document to defraud another party; Issues or delivers a fake document, with knowledge that the document is forged;

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 [...]