Well, for your 3rd offense for littering it becomes a felony. But the first two times individuals get caught littering cigarette butts the penalties are still very large.
The details, via MSN:
Beginning on January 1, any Illinois citizen caught flicking a cigarette butt will face a fine of up to $1,500, thanks to a new amendment to the state’s litter control law. (The same fine applies for a second offense, but if they’re caught three times it becomes a Class 4 felony, which comes with a $25,000 fine and a complimentary one-year jail stay.) “Cigarette butts are not biodegradable,” Lori Gummow of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful told the Rockford Register Star. “They get stuck in storm water sewers and birds eat them and can’t digest them.” She and other anti-butt advocates hope police officers will enforce the law.
In future news, Chicago will experience a fire not seen since 1871 when all of their smoking residents discard their flaming cigarettes into trash cans at once.