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 30-year-old Lincoln Park resident is in custody and facing serious charges following his arrest for his alleged participation in several sexual assaults and robberies, according to local law enforcement. The Illinois man faces more than one felony charge for the two separate incidents. No court date has been set in connection with his case.
A mother overcome by the pressures of raising her severely autistic son has been charged with murder. The felony charge comes after she admitted she tried to kill her son using a combination of sleeping pills and assault. The woman and the family friend named as her accomplice in the alleged act, both Illinois residents, also attempted suicide after the fact.
A woman accused of neglecting her children has been charged after witnesses reported evidence of neglect, according to reports. The Illinois woman faces two counts of a class D felony charge of neglect of a dependent. This follows claims that her 3-year-old daughter was unsupervised on a busy street while her 1-year-old son was left in a closed vehicle.
A shooting on April 30 may lead to one woman facing upgraded charges in the death of her husband. The Illinois woman currently faces a felony charge for recklessly discharging a firearm, as well as weapon possession by a felon. Prosecutors are pushing to upgrade the first charge to involuntary manslaughter in the wake of the victim's death.
An Illinois man who claims to have accidentally shot a friend in the chest is being held in police custody ahead of a possible Sept.16 trial date, according to police. The Galesburg resident has entered a plea of not guilty against the felony charge of involuntary manslaughter as well as reckless conduct. At last report, he was being held in lieu of posting bail that was set at $100,000 bond.
An Illinois man is in legal trouble after reportedly ordering a large amount of food and requesting it to be delivered to his estranged wife's home. Authorities allege the man had contacted four local restaurants and ordered 18 pizzas. The woman then began receiving phone calls from the restaurants asking her to confirm she was the one who had placed the orders. Authorities were able to track the orders back to the man's computer. He is now facing a felony charge of aggravated stalking.
A former Illinois congressman and his wife have agreed to make guilty pleas after being accused of misusing campaign funds. A single felony charge of conspiracy has been filed against Jesse Jackson Jr. His wife has also been charged with a single count of filing a false tax return. The woman reportedly did not reveal all of their income for a period of five years. Authorities believe that the two may have schemed to misuse $750,000 on extravagant personal purchases, including watches, furs and furniture.