Illinois getting tougher on armed felons

8/11/05 NCVC State Update: On August 2, Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich approved a bill that creates a new criminal offense: being an armed habitual criminal. HB 1039 defines an armed habitual criminal as any individual who has two or more previous convictions for violent felonies, drug felonies, or several gun-related offenses, and subsequently possesses, sells, or transfers a firearm. The offense is a Class X felony and punishable by imprisonment for 6 to 30 years.