Self-defense Is Legal In Illinois. Barely

JusticeThough the DA isn’t happy about it. Jury acquits Champaign man who shot woman outside his apartment.

A jury deliberated about 7 1/2 hours before acquitting Alva Thomas, 44, of aggravated battery with a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a confrontation he had with a woman outside his home in the 900 block of Pomona Drive about 3 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2017.

The DA, in closing arguments made mention of the fact that this took place near a college. (The University of Illinois is in Champaign) So my rights change if I’m near a college? I’m glad the jury didn’t see it that way.

Self-defense is a human-right. And it might even be a legal right in Illinois, though the prosecutors will never admit that.