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The Most Violent Cities in Illinois

Illinois Violent Cities

Every year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) works in conjunction with state and local law enforcement departments to track and record the type and number of crimes committed within Illinois cities. It is important for residents, criminal defense professionals , police, and elected officials to understand this information so steps can be taken to address trends in the courts and on the streets.

Big or Small - Crime Does Not Discriminate

There are a couple of different ways to read the crime data to determine the amount and types of crimes being committed. These types of studies tend to focus on violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) , and the size of a city’s population. Here is a summary of some important details of note from the most current statistics :

• It should be no surprise that Chicago experienced the highest number of violent crimes among all municipalities in Illinois in 2016. However, because of its large population, the number of violent crimes committed per 1,000 residents is on the low side.
• Among the large cities in Illinois (those with a population of 100,000 or more), Rockford was shown to have the highest rate of violent crimes committed, with nearly 17 incidents per 1,000 residents living in that city.
East St. Louis , however, with a population of approximately 26,600, reported 757 violent crimes committed in 2016. With an average of nearly 28 violent crimes committed per 1,000 residents, this southwest Illinois city is considered among the most dangerous in the state.
• Aurora, which has residents in both Kane and DuPage Counties, is Illinois’ second most populous city, yet averaged only 3 incidents of violent crimes per 1,000 residents last year.
• Champaign, home to the University of Illinois, reported 625 violent crimes committed in 2016. The University of Illinois, however, provides a separate and much more detailed report of crimes reported on its campus.
• While Chicago led the state in all crime categories, the FBI’s annual report showed a high number of property crimes, burglaries, and thefts occurring in Rockford, Springfield, and Peoria.

Trust Your Defense to a Knowledgeable Joliet Criminal Defense Attorney

A criminal conviction can impact your life in a number of ways. The best way to fight criminal charges is with the help of a knowledgeable attorney who understands the law. Rely on an Illinois criminal defense lawyer who uses every resource available to provide a vigorous and thorough defense on your behalf. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba possesses the knowledge and experience you need to avoid living with a conviction on your record.

Notorious Crimes Committed in Illinois

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Every year, studies are conducted during which Illinois prison inmates are interviewed and records reviewed to determine the most common types of crimes being committed across the state. This information provides a glimpse into the criminal justice system , as well as the people who make up the state’s inmate population.

A Notorious Top 10

While the current year’s numbers are not available, statistics from previous years indicate that not much changes over consecutive 12 month periods when it comes to the types of crimes that result in individuals living behind bars. Here is a brief summary of the ten most committed crimes in Illinois, according to the responses of those convicted:

10. Robbery - These crimes constitute the theft of a person’s property or money through the use of physical force or fear, and always include a victim who sustains a physical injury.

9. Driving Under the Influence - Those incarcerated for DUI tend to have committed repeat offenses that excluded them from a lesser sentence.

8. Residential Burglary - These crimes are marked by one’s unlawful entry into another’s home with the intent of committing a crime, not just theft, during the process.

7. Armed Robbery - Theft of a person’s property or money during which a weapon is used.

6. Burglary - Unauthorized entry into any building with the intent to commit any crime, not just theft.

5. Weapons - These charges typically refer to violations of the state’s licensing or ownership laws, but they can include other types of charges, as well.

4. Assault - This crime typically results when one person threatens or attempts to intimidate another, but not through physical force.

3. Sexual Assault - Commonly an assault or battery that includes a sexual component such as groping, rape, or another type of unwanted or offensive touching.

2. Controlled Substances Act - Crimes which violate a federal law regarding the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances, categorizing drugs from most harmful (Schedule 1) to least (Schedule 5).

1. Homicide - Commonly, the act of manslaughter or murder not committed in self defense, with varying degrees of severity.

Work with an Experienced Will County Criminal Defense Attorney

A criminal conviction can impact your life in a number of ways. The best way to fight criminal charges is with the help of a knowledgeable attorney who understands the law. Rely on a Joliet criminal defense attorney who uses every resource available to provide a vigorous and thorough defense on your behalf. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba possesses the knowledge and experience you need to avoid living with a conviction on your record.

Lake County Illinois Gun Raffle Continues in Wake of Tragedy

illinois lake county gun raffle

Last week, the entire world was horrified to learn of a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 58 individuals in Las Vegas—the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. According to official reports, a single gunman allegedly unleashed hundreds of rounds from an upper-level hotel room into a large crowd of people attending a country music festival. In the days that followed, the debate over legal gun ownership has once again captured the nation’s attention, as is often the case after high-profile shootings.

On one extreme, proponents of stricter gun control laws support the idea that private ownership of firearms should be more severely limited. On the other end of the spectrum, gun rights activists believe that responsible gun owners should not be forced to compromise their Second Amendment rights. The divide between the two extremes is even evident on a local level, with controversy arising over a gun raffle scheduled to take place this week in Lake County.

Unfortunate Timing

Lake County Republicans have been working on plans for their first-ever gun raffle for well over a year. The event—“The Second Amendment Dinner and Gun Raffle”—is scheduled for this Friday and includes raffles of at least a dozen different firearms. Reports indicate that attendees could potentially win an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a 9 mm handgun, among other prizes.

Critics, however, have taken issue with the timing of the event. Some have expressed the opinion that holding a gun raffle less than two weeks following the tragedy in Las Vegas is disrespectful to the victims and their families. Event organizers say that it is simply too late to change the date now. Deposits have already been made and tickets have already been sold. In addition, the actions of “one sick individual” does not “mean that the Second Amendment isn’t something that should be protected,” a member of the Lake County Republican Committee observed.

While it was too late to change plans for the raffle, the organizers have recognized the sensitive nature of the situation. They have announced that proceeds from the event will be donated to first responders in Las Vegas.

Legality of Gun Raffles

Timing considerations aside, there is nothing illegal about a properly-licensed gun raffle in the state of Illinois. It is legal for a state-sanctioned firearms dealer to display guns that are a part of the raffle, as long as the raffle organizers have obtained the proper permit under the state’s gambling laws. Winners of the raffle must obtain—or show proof of—a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card before he or she can take possession of the gun . The transfer of ownership is treated like a sale from a dealer, and all of the same legal restrictions apply.

Gun Law Questions?

If you have recently won a gun raffle and you have questions about how to legally take possession of your prize, contact an experienced weapons violations attorney in Will County . We will work with you to ensure that you are in full compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations and help you avoid any unpleasant surprises. Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation today.


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