Illinois stands at the top of the list for having the most law
enforcement number lists. This means that Illinois is not only the
fifth most populated state in the country, but it also has more police
agencies and special jurisdiction agencies than most other states.
For the size of the state, Illinois has eleven different law
enforcement agencies at all different levels. These include campus
police, park district police, municipal police, specialized police,
forest preserve police, sheriffs, and others. All of these agencies
oversee the law and enforce the federal laws of the government as well
as the state laws. Many of these laws include guns laws, bankruptcy
laws, divorce laws, labor laws, driving under the influence laws, and
Bankruptcy in Illinois shifted recently from being rather simple in
filing to rather difficult. Federal law created new laws for how
bankruptcy is to be handled as well as to eliminate those who abuse the
bankruptcy system. Illinois currently has two different kinds of
bankruptcy available for personal use: Chapter Seven bankruptcy and
Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy.
Chapter Seven bankruptcy is designed to help individuals out of debt
through the sale of personal property. Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy is
designed to help individuals out of debt through a specialized payment
plan. Which bankruptcy an individual qualifies for depends on the
amount of money he or she can pay on his or her debts each month. Upon
filing an individual's personal expenses and debts will be compared to
those of all Illinois citizens. This will determine which kind of
bankruptcy will be permitted.
The national legal blood alcohol content limit for driving under the
influence arrest is 0.08 percent. In Illinois this number is smaller
for minors and results in very different punishments. All minors who
are arrested for driving under the influence will automatically have
their driver's license suspended for two years. This is for a
If a minor is arrested for drunk driving a second time, he or she will
have his or her driver's license suspended for no less than five years
or until he or she is the age of twenty-one. A third driving under the
influence arrest will result in three years of incarceration as well as
a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars. Any subsequent offenses will
result in driver's license termination for life.
In the state of Illinois an individual may have his or her criminal
record sealed, but only in some circumstances. Illinois has two
different ways of sealing: partial sealing and complete sealing.
Partial sealing seals only some criminal offenses on an individual's
record, while complete sealing eliminates all criminal offenses on a
record. Unlike expungement these records can still be accessed for
several reasons, including running for public office and entering the
military. Felony convictions cannot be sealed nor can violent
Illinois requires that Firearms Owner's Identification be obtained
prior to carrying concealed weapons or other certain kinds of firearms.
Only certain individuals qualify for this kind of identification and
must first submit to a screening process.