Public Act 90-0669 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0669

HB1368 Enrolled                                LRB9004424RCks

    AN ACT to amend the  Criminal  Code  of  1961  by  adding
Article 20.5.

    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
adding Article 20.5 as follows:

    (720 ILCS 5/Art. 20.5 heading new)

    (720 ILCS 5/20.5-5 new)
    Sec. 20.5-5.  Causing a catastrophe.
    (a)  A   person   commits   the   offense  of  causing  a
catastrophe if he or she knowingly causes  a  catastrophe  by
explosion,  fire,  flood,  collapse of a building, release of
poison,  radioactive  material,  bacteria,  virus,  or  other
dangerous and difficult to confine force or substance.
    (b)  As used in this Section, "catastrophe" means serious
physical injury to 5 or more persons or substantial damage to
5 or more buildings or inhabitable structures or  substantial
damage  to a vital public facility that seriously impairs its
usefulness or operation; and "vital public facility" means  a
facility  that  is  necessary to ensure or protect the public
health, safety, or welfare, including but not limited  to,  a
hospital, law enforcement agency, fire department, private or
public   utility  company,  national  defense  contractor,  a
facility of the armed forces, or emergency services agency.
    (c)  Sentence.   Causing  a  catastrophe  is  a  Class  X

    Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
becoming law.

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