Archive, June 2015.

In Illinois, not only is it illegal to possess, sell, or distribute illegal drugs, it is also a criminal offense to deliver the drugs that caused a person’s death. Illinois’s drug-induced homicide law, passed in 1989, was meant to target drug dealers by imposing high penalties in overdose cases. But more often, friends or romantic partners who use drugs together with the victim are charged under the statute.Homicide Charges
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Those who commit domestic violence face criminal charges in Illinois. Adults with special needs have additional protections against domestic abuse under Illinois law, including a broader definition of what constitutes domestic violence. In addition to criminal penalties, domestic violence offenders may also be subject to an order of protection, which is entered to prohibit abusers from further harming victims.What Constitutes Domestic Violence?Domestic violence means abuse against a family or household member. In cases where the domestic violence is against either elderly disabled people or …
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A former Illinois house speaker has been indicted for violating banking laws in his arrangement to pay $3.5 million in hush money to cover up past wrongdoing. Over the past five years, he has paid about $1.7 million to an acquaintance to “compensate for and conceal” the misconduct. The nature of the misconduct was not specified, but the indictment indicated that it involved his past career as a high school teacher and wrestling coach. The man concealed his withdrawals in violation of federal banking laws requiring the disclosure of transactions involving large sums of cash, and lied to …
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A bill has passed in the Illinois General Assembly that would enhance protections under hate crimes legislation. It will add protections for transgender individuals and expand the definition of institutional vandalism. The bill passed both the House and the Senate without opposition, and awaits Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.Current Law
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