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Public Act 094-0487




Public Act 094-0487
HB0885 Enrolled LRB094 05933 RLC 35988 b

    AN ACT concerning criminal law, which may be referred to as
the Patrick Leahy Law.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Criminal Code of 1961 is amended by changing
Section 3-5 as follows:
    (720 ILCS 5/3-5)  (from Ch. 38, par. 3-5)
    Sec. 3-5. General Limitations.
    (a) A prosecution for: (1) first degree murder, attempt to
commit first degree murder, second degree murder, involuntary
manslaughter, reckless homicide, leaving the scene of a motor
vehicle accident involving death or personal injuries under
Section 11-401 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, failing to give
information and render aid under Section 11-403 of the Illinois
Vehicle Code, concealment of homicidal death, treason, arson,
aggravated arson, forgery, or (2) any offense involving sexual
conduct or sexual penetration as defined by Section 12-12 of
this Code in which the DNA profile of the offender is obtained
and entered into a DNA database within 10 years after the
commission of the offense and the identity of the offender is
unknown after a diligent investigation by law enforcement
authorities, may be commenced at any time. Clause (2) of this
subsection (a) applies if either: (i) the victim reported the
offense to law enforcement authorities within 2 years after the
commission of the offense unless a longer period for reporting
the offense to law enforcement authorities is provided in
Section 3-6 or (ii) the victim is murdered during the course of
the offense or within 2 years after the commission of the
    (b) Unless the statute describing the offense provides
otherwise, or the period of limitation is extended by Section
3-6, a prosecution for any offense not designated in Subsection
(a) must be commenced within 3 years after the commission of
the offense if it is a felony, or within one year and 6 months
after its commission if it is a misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 92-752, eff. 8-2-02; 93-834, eff. 7-29-04.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2006