Animals in Illinois and throughout America would be protected if the Preventing Animal Cruel and Torture, or PACT, Act passes. Anyone convicted of violating this proposed legislation would be subject to prison time, a fine or both. The legislation was brought forth by a member of each party in the House, and some exceptions would apply. Those exceptions would include killing animals for legitimate hunting purposes or to protect against a dangerous animal.
Residents of Illinois can be charged in federal court if they commit mail fraud. The Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution grants the federal government authority to prosecute interstate mail fraud. This type of crime includes any scheme to obtain money or property under false pretenses or distributing, exchanging, supplying or using counterfeits.
In Illinois, a person may be charged with arson if they destroy property worth $150 or more with fire. An individual may be charged with arson even if he or she owned a portion of the property that was damaged and the other owner or owners didn't consent to the destruction by fire.
A contracted worker accused of setting a fire that shut down two airports is facing serious legal repercussions, according to local sources. The Illinois worker faces a felony charge after being arrested in connection with a fire that caused a ground stoppage at both O'Hare and Midway airports on September 26. So far, no court date has been scheduled as the individual is recovering from injuries.
The Attorney General for the state of Illinois announced recently that three individuals formerly in the employ of a county circuit clerk's office have been arrested on suspicion of theft. Each of the three indicted individuals faces at least one felony charge for allegedly conspiring to steal cash bond payments from the office. An investigation is still underway, and so far, no one has been convicted of a crime.
A woman accused of shooting her boyfriend's dog is currently in custody, according to local law enforcement. The 32-year-old Illinois woman faces a felony charge after the alleged shooting took place. She is currently awaiting trial in a county jail, and her bail has been set at $25,000.
A state prison guard who spends his off hours as a drug and alcohol counselor is facing serious charges, according to local news. The Illinois guard faces a felony charge for alleged forgery after it was suggested that he may have signed off on court-ordered evaluation for a DUI defendant who didn't complete the process. If he is found guilty, he may well find himself on the other side of the bars for two to five years.
A man has been accused of causing a car accident that injured a pedestrian, according to local sources. The Illinois man faces a felony charge in the alleged hit-and-run that injured a 39-year-old man in the early morning of July 16. The man was set to appear for the first time in court on July 17.
A man accused of causing the car accident that led to the death of his wife is facing charges related to the incident, according to local sources. The Illinois man is facing a Class 3 felony charge of reckless homicide and a Class 2 felony charge of aggravated DUI causing death. The one-car crash happened back on Jan. 24 of this year.
A woman who has already pleaded guilty to a reckless homicide charge filed against her in the case of the death of a 5-year-old girl is now pleading innocent to the charge of aggravated DUI. The felony charge comes as part of the case against the Illinois woman who police say was responsible for striking and killing a little girl with her car. Of course, an admission of guilt in the case of one crime does not automatically determine guilt in any secondary charges.