Juvenile court

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As Peoria grapples with gun violence among youth, criminal justice advocates argue the county is resorting to controversial measures.

Illinois courts are considering if a state law that allows judges to limit teen defendants' social media postings unfairly restricts defendants' First Amendment freedoms.

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a female teen charged with fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl in 2014 isn't entitled by law to a jury trial in juvenile court.

Police in the northwest Chicago suburbs say an 11-year-old boy has been charged with sexually assaulting another minor.

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Starting next month, the Circuit Court of Cook County will hold juvenile probable cause hearings on holidays and weekends.  It is in response to a federal lawsuit filed last month by four parents who contended the county violated the constitutional rights of juveniles who spent more than two days in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center waiting for a hearing. 

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The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted rule changes on the shackling of juvenile suspects in Illinois courtrooms in the wake of criticism their use was too common, dehumanizing and counterproductive.  A court statement says the default shouldn't be to shackle juveniles and that it can happen only after a judge makes a clear finding the juvenile poses a threat to themselves or others. 

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Cook County attorneys say it will take a few weeks to implement a proposal to hold juvenile probable cause hearings on weekends and holidays.  Attorneys for the county, and for Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, presented a proposed administrative order requiring juvenile probable cause hearings every day of the year.

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to end mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles. The Republican signed the measure Monday. It will take effect Jan. 1. The Legislature approved the bill in response to a 2012 U. S. Supreme Court ruling that sentencing people under 18 to mandatory life without parole is unconstitutional. The law doesn't prevent minors from being sentenced to life in prison for serious crimes. But it allows judges to take into account certain factors when issuing a sentence.

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There’s a kid in the Cook County juvenile jail right now who isn’t supposed to be there. A judge ordered his release on January 29.

Seventeen-year-olds accused of committing felonies would be tried in juvenile court under a measure approved Tuesday in the Illinois House. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.