Legislation will make it harder to aid fugitives
CHICAGO — A new Illinois law is supposed to make it harder for fugitives to give authorities the slip.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday that's designed to close a loophole in the state's criminal code that effectively exempts relatives from punishment if they aid a family member on the lam.
But the new law makes it a felony for immediate family members to help fugitives avoid arrest. A conviction could result in a maximum three-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine.
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