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CRIMINAL OFFENSES
(720 ILCS 5/) Criminal Code of 2012.

720 ILCS 5/Art. 21, Subdiv. 1

 
    (720 ILCS 5/Art. 21, Subdiv. 1 heading)
SUBDIVISION 1. DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/21-1

    (720 ILCS 5/21-1) (from Ch. 38, par. 21-1)
    Sec. 21-1. Criminal damage to property.
    (a) A person commits criminal damage to property when he or she:
        (1) knowingly damages any property of another;
        (2) recklessly by means of fire or explosive damages
    
property of another;
        (3) knowingly starts a fire on the land of another;
        (4) knowingly injures a domestic animal of another
    
without his or her consent;
        (5) knowingly deposits on the land or in the building
    
of another any stink bomb or any offensive smelling compound and thereby intends to interfere with the use by another of the land or building;
        (6) knowingly damages any property, other than as
    
described in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Section 20-1, with intent to defraud an insurer;
        (7) knowingly shoots a firearm at any portion of a
    
railroad train;
        (8) knowingly, without proper authorization, cuts,
    
injures, damages, defaces, destroys, or tampers with any fire hydrant or any public or private fire fighting equipment, or any apparatus appertaining to fire fighting equipment; or
        (9) intentionally, without proper authorization,
    
opens any fire hydrant.
    (b) When the charge of criminal damage to property exceeding a specified value is brought, the extent of the damage is an element of the offense to be resolved by the trier of fact as either exceeding or not exceeding the specified value.
    (c) It is an affirmative defense to a violation of paragraph (1), (3), or (5) of subsection (a) of this Section that the owner of the property or land damaged consented to the damage.
    (d) Sentence.
        (1) A violation of subsection (a) shall have the
    
following penalties:
            (A) A violation of paragraph (8) or (9) is a
        
Class B misdemeanor.
            (B) A violation of paragraph (1), (2), (3), (5),
        
or (6) is a Class A misdemeanor when the damage to property does not exceed $300.
             (C) A violation of paragraph (1), (2), (3),
        
(5), or (6) is a Class 4 felony when the damage to property does not exceed $300 and the damage occurs to property of a school or place of worship or to farm equipment or immovable items of agricultural production, including but not limited to grain elevators, grain bins, and barns or property which memorializes or honors an individual or group of police officers, fire fighters, members of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard, or veterans.
             (D) A violation of paragraph (4) is a Class 4
        
felony when the damage to property does not exceed $10,000.
             (E) A violation of paragraph (7) is a Class 4
        
felony.
             (F) A violation of paragraph (1), (2), (3), (5)
        
or (6) is a Class 4 felony when the damage to property exceeds $300 but does not exceed $10,000.
             (G) A violation of paragraphs (1) through (6)
        
is a Class 3 felony when the damage to property exceeds $300 but does not exceed $10,000 and the damage occurs to property of a school or place of worship or to farm equipment or immovable items of agricultural production, including but not limited to grain elevators, grain bins, and barns or property which memorializes or honors an individual or group of police officers, fire fighters, members of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard, or veterans.
             (H) A violation of paragraphs (1) through (6)
        
is a Class 3 felony when the damage to property exceeds $10,000 but does not exceed $100,000.
             (I) A violation of paragraphs (1) through (6)
        
is a Class 2 felony when the damage to property exceeds $10,000 but does not exceed $100,000 and the damage occurs to property of a school or place of worship or to farm equipment or immovable items of agricultural production, including but not limited to grain elevators, grain bins, and barns or property which memorializes or honors an individual or group of police officers, fire fighters, members of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard, or veterans.
             (J) A violation of paragraphs (1) through (6) is
        
a Class 2 felony when the damage to property exceeds $100,000. A violation of paragraphs (1) through (6) is a Class 1 felony when the damage to property exceeds $100,000 and the damage occurs to property of a school or place of worship or to farm equipment or immovable items of agricultural production, including but not limited to grain elevators, grain bins, and barns or property which memorializes or honors an individual or group of police officers, fire fighters, members of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard, or veterans.
        (2) When the damage to property exceeds $10,000, the
    
court shall impose upon the offender a fine equal to the value of the damages to the property.
        (3) In addition to any other sentence that may be
    
imposed, a court shall order any person convicted of criminal damage to property to perform community service for not less than 30 and not more than 120 hours, if community service is available in the jurisdiction and is funded and approved by the county board of the county where the offense was committed. In addition, whenever any person is placed on supervision for an alleged offense under this Section, the supervision shall be conditioned upon the performance of the community service.
        The community service requirement does not apply when
    
the court imposes a sentence of incarceration.
        (4) In addition to any criminal penalties imposed
    
for a violation of this Section, if a person is convicted of or placed on supervision for knowingly damaging or destroying crops of another, including crops intended for personal, commercial, research, or developmental purposes, the person is liable in a civil action to the owner of any crops damaged or destroyed for money damages up to twice the market value of the crops damaged or destroyed.
        (5) For the purposes of this subsection (d), "farm
    
equipment" means machinery or other equipment used in farming.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 98-315, eff. 1-1-14.)

720 ILCS 5/21-1.01

    (720 ILCS 5/21-1.01) (was 720 ILCS 5/21-4)
    Sec. 21-1.01. Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property.
    (a) A person commits criminal damage to government supported property when he or she knowingly:
        (1) damages any government supported property
    
without the consent of the State;
        (2) by means of fire or explosive damages government
    
supported property;
        (3) starts a fire on government supported property
    
without the consent of the State; or
        (4) deposits on government supported land or in a
    
government supported building, without the consent of the State, any stink bomb or any offensive smelling compound and thereby intends to interfere with the use by another of the land or building.
    (b) For the purposes of this Section, "government supported" means any property supported in whole or in part with State funds, funds of a unit of local government or school district, or federal funds administered or granted through State agencies.
    (c) Sentence. A violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony when the damage to property is $500 or less; a Class 3 felony when the damage to property exceeds $500 but does not exceed $10,000; a Class 2 felony when the damage to property exceeds $10,000 but does not exceed $100,000; and a Class 1 felony when the damage to property exceeds $100,000. When the damage to property exceeds $10,000, the court shall impose upon the offender a fine equal to the value of the damages to the property.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/21-1.1

    (720 ILCS 5/21-1.1) (from Ch. 38, par. 21-1.1)
    Sec. 21-1.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 78-255. Repealed by P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/21-1.2

    (720 ILCS 5/21-1.2) (from Ch. 38, par. 21-1.2)
    Sec. 21-1.2. Institutional vandalism.
    (a) A person commits institutional vandalism when, by reason of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion or national origin of another individual or group of individuals, regardless of the existence of any other motivating factor or factors, he or she knowingly and without consent inflicts damage to any of the following properties:
        (1) A church, synagogue, mosque, or other building,
    
structure or place used for religious worship or other religious purpose;
        (2) A cemetery, mortuary, or other facility used for
    
the purpose of burial or memorializing the dead;
        (3) A school, educational facility or community
    
center;
        (4) The grounds adjacent to, and owned or rented by,
    
any institution, facility, building, structure or place described in paragraphs (1), (2) or (3) of this subsection (a); or
        (5) Any personal property contained in any
    
institution, facility, building, structure or place described in paragraphs (1), (2) or (3) of this subsection (a).
    (b) Sentence.
         (1) Institutional vandalism is a Class 3 felony when
    
the damage to the property does not exceed $300. Institutional vandalism is a Class 2 felony when the damage to the property exceeds $300. Institutional vandalism is a Class 2 felony for any second or subsequent offense.
        (2) Upon imposition of any sentence, the trial court
    
shall also either order restitution paid to the victim or impose a fine up to $1,000. In addition, any order of probation or conditional discharge entered following a conviction or an adjudication of delinquency shall include a condition that the offender perform public or community service of no less than 200 hours if that service is established in the county where the offender was convicted of institutional vandalism. The court may also impose any other condition of probation or conditional discharge under this Section.
    (c) Independent of any criminal prosecution or the result of that prosecution, a person suffering damage to property or injury to his or her person as a result of institutional vandalism may bring a civil action for damages, injunction or other appropriate relief. The court may award actual damages, including damages for emotional distress, or punitive damages. A judgment may include attorney's fees and costs. The parents or legal guardians of an unemancipated minor, other than guardians appointed under the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, shall be liable for the amount of any judgment for actual damages rendered against the minor under this subsection in an amount not exceeding the amount provided under Section 5 of the Parental Responsibility Law.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/21-1.3

    (720 ILCS 5/21-1.3)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 98-315)
    Sec. 21-1.3. Criminal defacement of property.
    (a) A person commits criminal defacement of property when the person knowingly damages the property of another by defacing, deforming, or otherwise damaging the property by the use of paint or any other similar substance, or by the use of a writing instrument, etching tool, or any other similar device. It is an affirmative defense to a violation of this Section that the owner of the property damaged consented to such damage.
    (b) Sentence.
    (1) Criminal defacement of property is a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense when the aggregate value of the damage to the property does not exceed $300. Criminal defacement of property is a Class 4 felony when the aggregate value of the damage to property does not exceed $300 and the property damaged is a school building or place of worship or property which memorializes or honors an individual or group of police officers, fire fighters, members of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard, or veterans. Criminal defacement of property is a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent conviction or when the aggregate value of the damage to the property exceeds $300. Criminal defacement of property is a Class 3 felony when the aggregate value of the damage to property exceeds $300 and the property damaged is a school building or place of worship or property which memorializes or honors an individual or group of police officers, fire fighters, members of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard, or veterans.
    (2) In addition to any other sentence that may be imposed for a violation of this Section that is chargeable as a Class 3 or Class 4 felony, a person convicted of criminal defacement of property shall be subject to a mandatory minimum fine of $500 plus the actual costs incurred by the property owner or the unit of government to abate, remediate, repair, or remove the effect of the damage to the property. To the extent permitted by law, reimbursement for the costs of abatement, remediation, repair, or removal shall be payable to the person who incurred the costs.
    (3) In addition to any other sentence that may be imposed, a court shall order any person convicted of criminal defacement of property to perform community service for not less than 30 and not more than 120 hours, if community service is available in the jurisdiction. The community service shall include, but need not be limited to, the cleanup and repair of the damage to property that was caused by the offense, or similar damage to property located in the municipality or county in which the offense occurred. When the property damaged is a school building, the community service may include cleanup, removal, or painting over the defacement. In addition, whenever any person is placed on supervision for an alleged offense under this Section, the supervision shall be conditioned upon the performance of the community service.
    (4) For the purposes of this subsection (b), aggregate value shall be determined by adding the value of the damage to one or more properties if the offenses were committed as part of a single course of conduct.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 98-315, eff. 1-1-14.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 98-466)
    Sec. 21-1.3. Criminal defacement of property.
    (a) A person commits criminal defacement of property when the person knowingly damages the property of another by defacing, deforming, or otherwise damaging the property by the use of paint or any other similar substance, or by the use of a writing instrument, etching tool, or any other similar device. It is an affirmative defense to a violation of this Section that the owner of the property damaged consented to such damage.
    (b) Sentence.
    (1) Criminal defacement of property is a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense when the aggregate value of the damage to the property does not exceed $300. Criminal defacement of property is a Class 4 felony when the aggregate value of the damage to property does not exceed $300 and the property damaged is a school building or place of worship. Criminal defacement of property is a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent conviction or when the aggregate value of the damage to the property exceeds $300. Criminal defacement of property is a Class 3 felony when the aggregate value of the damage to property exceeds $300 and the property damaged is a school building or place of worship.
    (2) In addition to any other sentence that may be imposed for a violation of this Section, a person convicted of criminal defacement of property shall:
        (A) pay the actual costs incurred by the property
    
owner or the unit of government to abate, remediate, repair, or remove the effect of the damage to the property. To the extent permitted by law, reimbursement for the costs of abatement, remediation, repair, or removal shall be payable to the person who incurred the costs; and
        (B) if convicted of criminal defacement of property
    
that is chargeable as a Class 3 or Class 4 felony pay a mandatory minimum fine of $500.
    (3) In addition to any other sentence that may be imposed, a court shall order any person convicted of criminal defacement of property to perform community service for not less than 30 and not more than 120 hours, if community service is available in the jurisdiction. The community service shall include, but need not be limited to, the cleanup and repair of the damage to property that was caused by the offense, or similar damage to property located in the municipality or county in which the offense occurred. When the property damaged is a school building, the community service may include cleanup, removal, or painting over the defacement. In addition, whenever any person is placed on supervision for an alleged offense under this Section, the supervision shall be conditioned upon the performance of the community service.
    (4) For the purposes of this subsection (b), aggregate value shall be determined by adding the value of the damage to one or more properties if the offenses were committed as part of a single course of conduct.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 98-466, eff. 8-16-13.)