Until recently, torturing animals was only a misdemeanor in Illinois. However, individuals who intentionally torture animals will now face up to three years in prison and will be forced to undergo psychological and psychiatric evaluations for a first offense.
Public Act 91-229 expands the definition of ``child'' with regard to the offense of child pornography to include any material that conveys the impression that the [material] is of a person under the age of 18.
On September 1, 1999, the third district of the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the trial court's decision to rescind the statutory summary suspension of the defendant's driver's license after the defendant was arrested for DUI.
Public Act 90-122 mandates a six- to 28-year prison term for a defendant found guilty of reckless homicide involving two or more deaths in a single course of conduct when the defendant is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
On May 20, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appellate and circuit courts and found insufficient evidence to convict the defendant of aggravated discharge of a firearm (720 ILCS 24/5; 1.2(a) (West 1994)) under a theory of accountability (720 ILCS 5/5-2 (West 1994)).