Illinois courts impose restitution on offenders to crime victims

8/11/05 NCVC State Update: New Illinois law allows courts to order offenders to pay for victims' long-term counseling. On August 2, Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed a law that allows courts to impose monthly restitution payments on offenders to reimburse crime victims for long-term healthcare costs, in addition to immediate expenses. Under HB 701, victims who have suffered physical injury may now receive compensation for extended physical and mental health care, including long-term counseling services. Restitution payments may continue as long as the victim receives care, regardless of whether the offender has fulfilled the other terms of the sentence, including imprisonment or probation.