Criminal Reform

Increased Prison Sentences, Fines, and Statute of Limitations for Politicians Guilty of Corruption

Illinois’ political corruption laws are some of the weakest in the nation. For example, under 5 ILCS 420/2-103 of the Illinois criminal code, it states “No legislator may accept compensation, other than that provided by law for members of the General Assembly, for performance of his official legislative duties. No person, other than State officials or employees performing their duties in making payments to members of the General Assembly as provided by law, may pay or offer to pay any legislator any compensation for performance of his official legislative duties. A violation of this Section is a petty offense.” This basically means that by law, a legislator is not allowed to accept money for performing the duties they are legally bound to do except for their yearly salary but if he does, it is a petty offense like a parking ticket.

Under this law, if Illinois politicians are caught accepting money they are not legally entitled to accept, it is a petty offense and treated like a parking ticket. Increasing the penalties for Illinois’ corruption law are long overdue, and Bubba Harsy will fight to ensure penalties are increased.

Granted, there are Illinois bribery laws, but bribery laws are much more difficult to meet then the law stated above directed at members of the General Assembly, and it is more than suspicious that the law directed at bribery of General Assembly members have almost no punishment.

Increased Prison Sentences, Fines, and Statute of Limitations for Sexual Predators of Minors