”Criminal Attempt” Definition in Illinois

In Illinois, an attempt is defined as the doing of any act that constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of a specific offense with the intent to commit that offense. (720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/8-4.)

o sustain a conviction for attempted robbery in Illinois, "the evidence must show a substantial step toward the taking of property from the person or presence of another by the use of force or the threat of imminent use of force and an intent toward that end. The use of force or the threat of the imminent use of force is an essential element in the crimes of robbery and attempt robbery. It is the element that differentiates robbery from theft. " (People v. Williams (1976) 42 Ill. App. 3d 134, 138.)

If anything, Illinois law regarding attempted robbery is more stringent than California law, with attempted robbery in Illinois requiring force or threatening the imminent use of force and "a substantial step" toward the commission of a robbery with the intent to rob. (720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/18-1(a) & 5/8-4.)