Glowiak Hilton Defends Illinois Law to Deter Organized Crime in Retail

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SPRINGFIELD — To support retailers, update litigation resources and promote statewide economic growth, the governor signed legislation Friday led by State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton to fight against organized retail crime and hold ringleaders accountable.

“Organized retail crime across the state has disrupted residents, wreaked havoc on businesses and stunted the growth of local economies,” said Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs). “By advancing the Organized Retail Crime Act, Illinois is establishing one of the most comprehensive crime-fighting efforts in the nation.”

In partnership with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Illinois Attorney General, Glowiak Hilton’s law codifies organized crime in retail as the theft of retail merchandise with intent to sell.

Under the law, prosecutors have new possibilities to prosecute ringleaders, regardless of where the crimes take place. For example, if the conspiracy, theft and sale took place in different jurisdictions, each jurisdiction now has the ability to prosecute the entire crime. The Attorney General can also prosecute through a statewide grand jury.

“The law targets individuals who steal for profit, not those who engage in petty shoplifting, Glowiak Hilton said. “Deterring retail crime starts with supporting law enforcement, holding ringleaders accountable and making it harder to resell stolen goods.”

To prevent the online sale of stolen goods, the act also creates the Integrity, Notification, and Fairness of Online Retail Markets for Consumers Act, or the INFORM Act, to require third-party sellers to verify the identity of users with bank account numbers or other personal information. identification data. Sellers who do not comply may be suspended.

Filed under Bill 1091, most provisions of the new law take effect immediately, but the INFORM Act comes into effect on January 1, 2023.

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