Death penalty is abolished. PA 096-1543May 2011Illinois Law Update, Page 228Illinois lawmakers have abolished the death penalty in Illinois and all existing sentences may not be imposed. (725 ILCS 5/119-1 new). All monies previously held in the Capital Litigation Trust Fund are now to be used to provide services for families of the victims of homicide and to provide training for law enforcement personnel.
Retail theft penalties adjusted. PA 096-1301December 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 616 Penalties for theft have been adjusted by Illinois lawmakers to increase the value of property covered by minimum misdemeanor and felony sentencing. 720 ILCS 5/16-1.
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.
Demystifying Illinois DUI SentencingBy Larry A. DavisJuly 2009Article, Page 352Presenting Illinois’ confusing DUI sentencing options as a chart enables practitioners to see at a glance which penalties their clients face.
No withdrawal allowed for a “blind plea”January 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 26, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Will County sentencing the defendant to 22 years for pleading guilty to two counts of first degree murder.
Police departments typically not "victims" under restitution statuteJuly 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 334On April 6, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the Circuit Court of DuPage County to order defendant Danenberger to pay restitution to the Naperville Police Department (Department) as a condition of her probation for filing a false police report.
Sentencing guidelines: mandatory no moreBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2005Lawpulse, Page 162The U.S. Supreme Court shook up federal criminal practice by ruling in Booker/Fanfanthat sentencing guidelines are advisory only. Not surprisingly, many questions remain.
Will Blakely create sentencing chaos?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004Lawpulse, Page 508Federal and many state courts are holding off on sentencing hearings in the wake of Blakely, but the case will have limited impact on Illinois state courts. Find out why.
Aggravated battery cannot be the predicate offense for felony murder.January 2004Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 17, 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed in part, affirmed in part, and remanded the appellate court's decision to overturn the defendant's conviction of felony murder because it was improperly predicated upon aggravated battery.