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

720 ILCS 5/12A-25

    (720 ILCS 5/12A-25)
    Sec. 12A-25. Labeling of violent video games.
    (a) Video game retailers shall label all violent video games as defined in this Article, with a solid white "18" outlined in black. The "18" shall have dimensions of no less than 2 inches by 2 inches. The "18" shall be displayed on the front face of the video game package.
    (b) A retailer's failure to comply with this Section is a petty offense punishable by a fine of $500 for the first 3 violations, and $1,000 for every subsequent violation.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/Art. 12B

 
    (720 ILCS 5/Art. 12B heading)
ARTICLE 12B. SEXUALLY EXPLICIT VIDEO GAMES
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/12B-1

    (720 ILCS 5/12B-1)
    Sec. 12B-1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the Sexually Explicit Video Games Law.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/12B-5

    (720 ILCS 5/12B-5)
    Sec. 12B-5. Findings. The General Assembly finds sexually explicit video games inappropriate for minors and that the State has a compelling interest in assisting parents in protecting their minor children from sexually explicit video games.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/12B-10

    (720 ILCS 5/12B-10)
    Sec. 12B-10. Definitions. For the purposes of this Article, the following terms have the following meanings:
    (a) "Video game retailer" means a person who sells or rents video games to the public.
    (b) "Video game" means an object or device that stores recorded data or instructions, receives data or instructions generated by a person who uses it, and, by processing the data or instructions, creates an interactive game capable of being played, viewed, or experienced on or through a computer, gaming system, console, or other technology.
    (c) "Minor" means a person under 18 years of age.
    (d) "Person" includes but is not limited to an individual, corporation, partnership, and association.
    (e) "Sexually explicit" video games include those that the average person, applying contemporary community standards would find, with respect to minors, is designed to appeal or pander to the prurient interest and depict or represent in a manner patently offensive with respect to minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, an actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual act or a lewd exhibition of the genitals or post-pubescent female breast.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/12B-15

    (720 ILCS 5/12B-15)
    Sec. 12B-15. Restricted sale or rental of sexually explicit video games.
    (a) A person who sells, rents, or permits to be sold or rented, any sexually explicit video game to any minor, commits a petty offense for which a fine of $1,000 may be imposed.
    (b) A person who sells, rents, or permits to be sold or rented any sexually explicit video game via electronic scanner must program the electronic scanner to prompt sales clerks to check identification before the sale or rental transaction is completed. A person who violates this subsection (b) commits a petty offense for which a fine of $1,000 may be imposed.
    (c) A person may not sell or rent, or permit to be sold or rented, any sexually explicit video game through a self-scanning checkout mechanism. A person who violates this subsection (c) commits a petty offense for which a fine of $1,000 may be imposed.
    (d) A retail sales clerk shall not be found in violation of this Section unless he or she has complete knowledge that the party to whom he or she sold or rented a sexually explicit video game was a minor and the clerk sold or rented the video game to the minor with the specific intent to do so.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/12B-20

    (720 ILCS 5/12B-20)
    Sec. 12B-20. Affirmative defenses. In any prosecution arising under this Article, it is an affirmative defense:
        (1) that the defendant was a family member of the
    
minor for whom the video game was purchased. "Family member" for the purpose of this Section, includes a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or first cousin;
        (2) that the minor who purchased the video game
    
exhibited a draft card, driver's license, birth certificate or other official or apparently official document purporting to establish that the minor was 18 years of age or older, which the defendant reasonably relied on and reasonably believed to be authentic;
        (3) for the video game retailer, if the retail sales
    
clerk had complete knowledge that the party to whom he or she sold or rented a violent video game was a minor and the clerk sold or rented the video game to the minor with the specific intent to do so; or
        (4) that the video game sold or rented was
    
pre-packaged and rated EC, E10+, E, or T by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/12B-25

    (720 ILCS 5/12B-25)
    Sec. 12B-25. Labeling of sexually explicit video games.
    (a) Video game retailers shall label all sexually explicit video games as defined in this Act, with a solid white "18" outlined in black. The "18" shall have dimensions of no less than 2 inches by 2 inches. The "18" shall be displayed on the front face of the video game package.
    (b) A retailer who fails to comply with this Section is guilty of a petty offense punishable by a fine of $500 for the first 3 violations, and $1,000 for every subsequent violation.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/12B-30

    (720 ILCS 5/12B-30)
    Sec. 12B-30. Posting notification of video games rating system.
    (a) A retailer who sells or rents video games shall post a sign that notifies customers that a video game rating system, created by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, is available to aid in the selection of a game. The sign shall be prominently posted in, or within 5 feet of, the area in which games are displayed for sale or rental, at the information desk if one exists, and at the point of purchase.
    (b) The lettering of each sign shall be printed, at a minimum, in 36-point type and shall be in black ink against a light colored background, with dimensions of no less than 18 by 24 inches.
    (c) A retailer's failure to comply with this Section is a petty offense punishable by a fine of $500 for the first 3 violations, and $1,000 for every subsequent violation.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/12B-35

    (720 ILCS 5/12B-35)
    Sec. 12B-35. Availability of brochure describing rating system.
    (a) A video game retailer shall make available upon request a brochure to customers that explains the Entertainment Software Ratings Board ratings system.
    (b) A retailer who fails to comply with this Section shall receive the punishment described in subsection (b) of Section 12B-25.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06.)

720 ILCS 5/Art. 12C

 
    (720 ILCS 5/Art. 12C heading)
ARTICLE 12C. HARMS TO CHILDREN
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/Art. 12C, Subdiv. 1

 
    (720 ILCS 5/Art. 12C, Subdiv. 1 heading)
SUBDIVISION 1. ENDANGERMENT AND NEGLECT OFFENSES
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/12C-5

    (720 ILCS 5/12C-5) (was 720 ILCS 5/12-21.6)
    Sec. 12C-5. Endangering the life or health of a child.
    (a) A person commits endangering the life or health of a child when he or she knowingly: (1) causes or permits the life or health of a child under the age of 18 to be endangered; or (2) causes or permits a child to be placed in circumstances that endanger the child's life or health. It is not a violation of this Section for a person to relinquish a child in accordance with the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act.
    (b) A trier of fact may infer that a child 6 years of age or younger is unattended if that child is left in a motor vehicle for more than 10 minutes.
    (c) "Unattended" means either: (i) not accompanied by a person 14 years of age or older; or (ii) if accompanied by a person 14 years of age or older, out of sight of that person.
    (d) Sentence. A violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation of this Section is a Class 3 felony. A violation of this Section that is a proximate cause of the death of the child is a Class 3 felony for which a person, if sentenced to a term of imprisonment, shall be sentenced to a term of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years. A parent, who is found to be in violation of this Section with respect to his or her child, may be sentenced to probation for this offense pursuant to Section 12C-15.
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/12C-10

    (720 ILCS 5/12C-10) (was 720 ILCS 5/12-21.5)
    Sec. 12C-10. Child abandonment.
    (a) A person commits child abandonment when he or she, as a parent, guardian, or other person having physical custody or control of a child, without regard for the mental or physical health, safety, or welfare of that child, knowingly leaves that child who is under the age of 13 without supervision by a responsible person over the age of 14 for a period of 24 hours or more. It is not a violation of this Section for a person to relinquish a child in accordance with the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act.
    (b) For the purposes of determining whether the child was left without regard for the mental or physical health, safety, or welfare of that child, the trier of fact shall consider the following factors:
        (1) the age of the child;
        (2) the number of children left at the location;
        (3) special needs of the child, including whether the
    
child is physically or mentally handicapped, or otherwise in need of ongoing prescribed medical treatment such as periodic doses of insulin or other medications;
        (4) the duration of time in which the child was left
    
without supervision;
        (5) the condition and location of the place where the
    
child was left without supervision;
        (6) the time of day or night when the child was left
    
without supervision;
        (7) the weather conditions, including whether the
    
child was left in a location with adequate protection from the natural elements such as adequate heat or light;
        (8) the location of the parent, guardian, or other
    
person having physical custody or control of the child at the time the child was left without supervision, the physical distance the child was from the parent, guardian, or other person having physical custody or control of the child at the time the child was without supervision;
        (9) whether the child's movement was restricted, or
    
the child was otherwise locked within a room or other structure;
        (10) whether the child was given a phone number of a
    
person or location to call in the event of an emergency and whether the child was capable of making an emergency call;
        (11) whether there was food and other provision left
    
for the child;
        (12) whether any of the conduct is attributable to
    
economic hardship or illness and the parent, guardian or other person having physical custody or control of the child made a good faith effort to provide for the health and safety of the child;
        (13) the age and physical and mental capabilities of
    
the person or persons who provided supervision for the child;
        (14) any other factor that would endanger the health
    
or safety of that particular child;
        (15) whether the child was left under the supervision
    
of another person.
    (c) Child abandonment is a Class 4 felony. A second or subsequent offense after a prior conviction is a Class 3 felony. A parent, who is found to be in violation of this Section with respect to his or her child, may be sentenced to probation for this offense pursuant to Section 12C-15.
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

720 ILCS 5/12C-15

    (720 ILCS 5/12C-15) (was 720 ILCS 5/12-22)
    Sec. 12C-15. Child abandonment or endangerment; probation.
    (a) Whenever a parent of a child as determined by the court on the facts before it, pleads guilty to or is found guilty of, with respect to his or her child, child abandonment under Section 12C-10 of this Article or endangering the life or health of a child under Section 12C-5 of this Article, the court may, without entering a judgment of guilt and with the consent of the person, defer further proceedings and place the person upon probation upon the reasonable terms and conditions as the court may require. At least one term of the probation shall require the person to cooperate with the Department of Children and Family Services at the times and in the programs that the Department of Children and Family Services may require.
    (b) Upon fulfillment of the terms and conditions imposed under subsection (a), the court shall discharge the person and dismiss the proceedings. Discharge and dismissal under this Section shall be without court adjudication of guilt and shall not be considered a conviction for purposes of disqualification or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime. However, a record of the disposition shall be reported by the clerk of the circuit court to the Department of State Police under Section 2.1 of the Criminal Identification Act, and the record shall be maintained and provided to any civil authority in connection with a determination of whether the person is an acceptable candidate for the care, custody and supervision of children.
    (c) Discharge and dismissal under this Section may occur only once.
    (d) Probation under this Section may not be for a period of less than 2 years.
    (e) If the child dies of the injuries alleged, this Section shall be inapplicable.
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/12C-20

    (720 ILCS 5/12C-20)
    Sec. 12C-20. Abandonment of a school bus containing children.
    (a) A school bus driver commits abandonment of a school bus containing children when he or she knowingly abandons the school bus while it contains any children who are without other adult supervision, except in an emergency where the driver is seeking help or otherwise acting in the best interests of the children.
    (b) Sentence. A violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense, and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/12C-25

    (720 ILCS 5/12C-25)
    Sec. 12C-25. Contributing to the dependency and neglect of a minor.
    (a) Any parent, legal guardian or person having the custody of a child under the age of 18 years commits contributing to the dependency and neglect of a minor when he or she knowingly: (1) causes, aids, or encourages such minor to be or to become a dependent and neglected minor; (2) does acts which directly tend to render any such minor so dependent and neglected; or (3) fails to do that which will directly tend to prevent such state of dependency and neglect. It is not a violation of this Section for a person to relinquish a child in accordance with the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act.
    (b) "Dependent and neglected minor" means any child who, while under the age of 18 years, for any reason is destitute, homeless or abandoned; or dependent upon the public for support; or has not proper parental care or guardianship; or habitually begs or receives alms; or is found living in any house of ill fame or with any vicious or disreputable person; or has a home which by reason of neglect, cruelty or depravity on the part of its parents, guardian or any other person in whose care it may be is an unfit place for such child; and any child who while under the age of 10 years is found begging, peddling or selling any articles or singing or playing any musical instrument for gain upon the street or giving any public entertainments or accompanies or is used in aid of any person so doing.
    (c) Sentence. A violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor.
    (d) The husband or wife of the defendant shall be a competent witness to testify in any case under this Section and to all matters relevant thereto.
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.)

720 ILCS 5/12C-30

    (720 ILCS 5/12C-30) (was 720 ILCS 5/33D-1)
    Sec. 12C-30. Contributing to the delinquency or criminal delinquency of a minor.
    (a) Contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A person commits contributing to the delinquency of a minor when he or she knowingly: (1) causes, aids, or encourages a minor to be or to become a delinquent minor; or (2) does acts which directly tend to render any minor so delinquent.
    (b) Contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor. A person of the age of 21 years and upwards commits contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor when he or she, with the intent to promote or facilitate the commission of an offense solicits, compels or directs a minor in the commission of the offense that is either: (i) a felony when the minor is under the age of 17 years; or (ii) a misdemeanor when the minor is under the age of 18 years.
    (c) "Delinquent minor" means any minor who prior to his or her 17th birthday has violated or attempted to violate, regardless of where the act occurred, any federal or State law or county or municipal ordinance, and any minor who prior to his or her 18th birthday has violated or attempted to violate, regardless of where the act occurred, any federal or State law or county or municipal ordinance classified as a misdemeanor offense.
    (d) Sentence.
        (1) A violation of subsection (a) is a Class A
    
misdemeanor.
        (2) A violation of subsection (b) is:
            (i) a Class C misdemeanor if the offense
        
committed is a petty offense or a business offense;
            (ii) a Class B misdemeanor if the offense
        
committed is a Class C misdemeanor;
            (iii) a Class A misdemeanor if the offense
        
committed is a Class B misdemeanor;
            (iv) a Class 4 felony if the offense committed is
        
a Class A misdemeanor;
            (v) a Class 3 felony if the offense committed is
        
a Class 4 felony;
            (vi) a Class 2 felony if the offense committed is
        
a Class 3 felony;
            (vii) a Class 1 felony if the offense committed
        
is a Class 2 felony; and
            (viii) a Class X felony if the offense committed
        
is a Class 1 felony or a Class X felony.
        (3) A violation of subsection (b) incurs the same
    
penalty as first degree murder if the committed offense is first degree murder.
    (e) The husband or wife of the defendant shall be a competent witness to testify in any case under this Section and to all matters relevant thereto.
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.)