Civil penalties heightened for destroying crops. PA 096-0529February 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 72Illinois lawmakers in recent months beefed up the civil penalties for destroying a farmer's crops. Under amendments to the Criminal Code of 1961, any person who knowingly damages another's crops is liable to the crop owner for money damages "up to twice the market value of the crops damaged or destroyed." 720 ILCS 5/21-1.
“Conversation” for the Eavesdropping Act includes teachingFebruary 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 72On December 8, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Stephenson County, finding that the defendant's proposed policy of operating audio-recording equipment in special-education classrooms violated section 14-2(a)(1) of the Illinois Criminal Code (hereinafter the Illinois Eavesdropping Act or Act).
Federal standard timeBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2010Lawpulse, Page 66New laws standardize the way time periods are calculated in federal court.
A Freer Hand for Police at Illinois Traffic StopsBy Rob ShumakerDecember 2009Article, Page 624In response to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court issued decisions that give police more freedom to search and question vehicle occupants at traffic stops.
Stalking laws amended. PA 096-0686December 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 604The Illinois General Assembly made numerous changes to the Criminal Code of 1961, including amendments to statutes on criminal stalking, aggravated stalking, and cyberstalking. 720 ILCS 5/12-7.3-7.5.
New Law Clarifies Illinois’ Sentencing StatutesBy John J. Cullerton, Peter G. Baroni, Daniel S. Mayerfield, Ryan J. Rohlfsen, and Paul H. TzurSeptember 2009Article, Page 466A newly enacted reorganization of the Unified Code of Corrections helps bring sentencing up to date in Illinois.
Amendments to DUI statute should be harmonizedJune 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 284On March 27, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Henry County, which granted the defendants' motions to dismiss, holding that two subsections of the DUI statute enacted by PA 94-329 were not embodied in the DUI law, 625 ILCS 5/11-501 (2006), at the time the offenses were alleged to have been committed.
No right to expungement for pardon recipientsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2009Lawpulse, Page 220Just because the the governor pardons you doesn't mean you're entitled to have your conviction expunged, the illinois Supreme Court held.
A Critical Look at the Shaken Baby SyndromeBy Roger H. Kelly and Zachary M. BravosApril 2009Article, Page 200Recent research shows that factors other than abuse may be the cause of damage thought to result from shaking, the authors argue.
Post-conviction petition deemed untimelyApril 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 174On February 11, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed and remanded the ruling of the Circuit Court of Cook County which granted the defendant post conviction relief and a reduction in sentence pursuant to People v Whitfield, 217 Ill 2d 177, 840 NE2d 658 (2005) because the defendant's petition was untimely.
Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act enacted. PA 095-0995March 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 122Illinois lawmakers enacted the Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act to assess the “nature and extent of the harm caused to minority communities” by certain provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/ et seq), Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/ set seq), Cannabis Control Act (720 ILCS 550/ et seq) and other listed laws.
Court’s failure to grant continuance plain errorBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116The high court rules that a judge’s failure to grant defense counsel’s request for a continuance in a murder trial was plain error requiring a new trial.