What is the Law on Bribery in Illinois and what are the Punishments for it?
Bribery can be a severe criminal offense in Illinois and have serious consequences if a person/party is found guilty. Lawmakers in the state try their best for its prevention in Article 29 of the state’s Criminal Code. For example, in case a person offers any kind of bribe to college or professional athletes for influencing the result of competition, they might be found guilty of committing bribery by the court. Based on the form of the bribe, the offense can be considered as a Class 4 felony or a Class A misdemeanor.
On the other hand, when a person takes a bribe for not putting his/her best possible efforts in any competition, they could be convicted of a Class four felony. Last, but not the least, the criminal law of Illinois also states that any person who is engaged in any athletic event and is offered any kind of bribe should report the same to the police or to the employers. If the concerned person does not report about such an incident of bribery, the law will consider it as a Class A misdemeanor.
Illinois: Offering a bribe
1. Any individual who has the intention of influencing a decision of some other person promises or offers any bribe, money, or any item of value and coerces such a person to refrain from attending, attend, or continue participating in any specific private or public institution of higher education or secondary education for taking part or not taking part in any interscholastic athletic competition or event is said to have committed a Class A misdemeanor. However, this section is not applicable to the following:
• Awarding or offering any kind of grant, scholarship, or employment
• When the authorities of such institution (s) offer any item that has de minimis value and such similar item is typically offered to all prospective students, all, or any students
• Offering any kind of financial support by the family of such individual.
2. Any individual who has the intention of influencing any individual in taking part in, connected with, or officiating an amateur or professional sporting exhibition, event, or athletic contest, promises, offers, or gives any bribe, money, or items of value to induce the participant, any other person such as an official for not using their best possible efforts pertaining to such exhibition, event, or contest is said to have committed a Class 4 felony.
3. Any individual who gives any item of value, good, or money to someone else who is enrolled in any institution imparting higher education and takes part in interscholastic competition, as well as attempts to represent or represents such a person in future negotiations for being employed in a professional sports team is said to have committed a Class A misdemeanor.
Illinois: accepting a bribe
If a person participates in, is connected with or officiating in any amateur or professional sporting exhibition, event, or athletic contest, and agrees to accept or accepts any bribe, item of value, or money with the intention of or agreeing, or understanding that they will not give their best possible efforts while participating in an exhibition, event, or contest is said to have committed a Class 4 felony.
What happens when a person does not report an offer of bribe?
If an individual connected with, officiating or participating in any sporting exhibition or event, amateur or professional contest does not report an offer of bribery made to him/her to the promoter of the exhibition, event or contest, a peace officer, their employer, or the attorney of the local state, he/she is said to have violated Section 29-1 and committed a Class A misdemeanor.