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HB 1907 - Illinois Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act - Illinois Key Vote

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Title: Illinois Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that expands street gang and racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) law in Illinois.

Highlights:

  • Prohibits any individual from knowingly participating in, causing another individual to participate in, or conspiring to participate in the operation or management of an “enterprise” through a pattern of “predicate activity” (Sec. 5). 
  • Defines “predicate activity” as any act that is a Class 2 felony or higher and is a violation of one of the following statutes (Sec. 5): 
    • The Criminal Code of 1961;
    • The Cannabis Control Act;
    • The Illinois Controlled Substances Act; or
    • The Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act.
  • Defines “enterprise” as any partnership, corporation, association, business, charitable trust, or any other group of individuals associated in fact although not officially a legal entity (Sec. 5).  
  • Prohibits an individual from knowingly acquiring or maintaining, through a pattern of predicate activity any ownership or interest in an enterprise, real property or personal property (Sec. 5).
  • Specifies that individuals may be prosecuted for violating or conspiring to violate the provisions of this bill (Sec. 5).
  • Classifies a violation of the provisions of this bill as a Class X felony punishable by the following (Sec. 5):
    • A fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross amount of estimated earnings from the violation, whichever is greater; and
    • A prison term of 7 to 30 years or a sentence applicable to the predicate activity, whichever is longer.
  • Specifies that if an individual in the process of violating the provisions of this bill causes the unlawful death of another individual then he or she will be sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison in addition to any other penalties imposed by the court (Sec. 5).
  • Specifies that this bill will be repealed 5 years after it becomes law (Sec. 5).

Title: Illinois Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act

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