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.
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Specifies that this bill will be repealed 5 years after it becomes law (Sec. 5).