(20 ILCS 2605/2605-420)
(was 20 ILCS 2605/55a in part)
Assisting victims and witnesses of gang crime.
assist victims and witnesses in gang crime prosecutions
through the administration of funds appropriated from the Gang Violence
Victims and Witnesses Fund to the Department. Those funds shall
appropriated to the Department and shall only be used to assist victims and
witnesses in gang crime prosecutions. The assistance may
include any of
(1) Temporary living costs.
(2) Moving expenses.
(3) Closing costs on the sale of a private
(4) First month's rent.
(5) Security deposits.
(6) Apartment location assistance.
(7) Other expenses that the Department considers
(8) Compensation for any loss of or injury to real or
personal property resulting from a gang crime to a maximum of $5,000, subject to the following provisions:
(A) In the case of loss of property, the amount
of compensation shall be measured by the replacement cost of similar or like property that has been incurred by and that is substantiated by the property owner.
(B) In the case of injury to property, the amount
of compensation shall be measured by the cost of repair incurred and that can be substantiated by the property owner.
(C) Compensation under this provision is a
secondary source of compensation and shall be reduced by any amount the property owner receives from any other source as compensation for the loss or injury, including, but not limited to, personal insurance coverage.
(D) No compensation may be awarded if the
property owner was an offender or an accomplice of the offender or if the award would unjustly benefit the offender or offenders or an accomplice of the offender or offenders.
No victim or witness may receive assistance under this Section
if he or she is not a
part of or fails to fully cooperate in the prosecution of gang crime
members by law enforcement authorities.
The Department shall promulgate any rules necessary for the
implementation of this amendatory Act of 1985.
(Source: P.A. 90-18, eff. 7-1-97; 90-130, eff. 1-1-98;
90-372, eff. 7-1-98;
90-590, eff. 1-1-00; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98; 90-793, eff. 8-14-98;
91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)