Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  The Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange trade 60% of the world futures contracts.
   
     
     
     



Panel nixes bill to raise eligibility age for Juvenile Court

Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
by David Fitzgerald

SPRINGFIELD A House committee on Monday rejected a measure that would have opened Juvenile Court to 17-year-old suspects, who now are automatically tried as adults.

While members of the House Criminal Law Judiciary Committee said they agreed with the philosophy underlying the change, they questioned its cost. The committee voted 8-6 against the measure, with two members voting ''present.''

Senate Bill 485 would have increased the maximum age at which a suspect is sent to Juvenile Court from 16 years old to 17 years old. Illinois is one of 12 states that puts 17-year-olds in adult court.

The legislation would not affect 17-year-olds charged with murder, armed robbery, sex offenses and other violent felonies, which typically require transfers to adult court anyway.

The House sponsor, Rep. Annazette R. Collins, D-Chicago, said it makes no sense for 17-year-olds to be tried as adults since they still may not vote, get married, enter into contracts or obtain a driver's license without a parent's permission.

She added that 17-year-olds have not developed the mental capacity to understand that their actions could affect the rest of their lives.

''Seventeen-year-olds go for immediate gratification,'' Collins said. ''They think about right now, not tomorrow.''

Committee Chairman Rep. Robert S. Molaro, D-Chicago, said he agrees with Collins on the philosophical issues, but could not vote for what he called an ''unfunded mandate.''

The legislation would not have provided state funds to counties to pay for the necessary changes, including increased Juvenile Court costs and larger detention centers for the youths.

''It does bother me that we don't put anything in saying 'the state must pay X amount of dollars.' We just put it all on the counties,'' Molaro said.

Collins said the General Assembly has not seen the last of this measure, saying she would bring it back in the fall veto session.

Previous versions of the legislation have passed only the House. Senate Bill 458, however, cleared the Senate by a one-vote margin in mid-April.

When it made it to the House, the Department of Corrections and numerous counties, including Cook, Will, Lake and DuPage counties, raised two red flags money and space.

Cook County officials estimate that moving 17-year-olds into the Juvenile Justice Division will cost an additional $12 million to $24 million per year and require the construction of a $100 million juvenile detention facility. The Illinois Department of Corrections puts its price tag for the change at $49 million over 10 years.

But Collins called these figures ''bogus.''

The Juvenile Justice Initiative, a supporter of SB 458, contends that there is plenty of space in juvenile detention facilities to house the influx of 17-year-old offenders. The Initiative also argues that new diversion programs and alternative sentencing, such as Redeploy Illinois, would decrease the estimated number of offenders entering detention facilities.

Supporters and opponents have agreed to create a task force to determine what the actual costs would be and how many additional youths would enter detention centers.

''I think that after meeting maybe we can come up with a number everybody can live with and the portion the state should pay, if they want us to pay,'' Collins said.



Recent Headlines

A Cook County no-brainer: Let taxpayers merge these two offices
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Rush, Cook County hospitals get grant for fight against deadly superbugs
Monday, June 27, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Swallow Cliff Pavilion, Second Stair Set Now Open in Palos Region
Monday, June 27, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

2 shot by Cook County sheriff's deputy in Marquette Park
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Treetop zip lines challenge mind and body in Bemis Woods
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: A steep price when jail guards abuse sick time
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Why Cook County Health thinks it should expand into nursing homes
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Crain's Chicago Business

For anniversary, couple go for some zip at new forest attraction
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

New forest preserve attraction puts some zip into recreation
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Chicago Tribune

New forest preserve provides natural beauty, but land dispute gets ugly
Friday, June 24, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Merge Cook County offices of clerk, recorder of deed
Friday, June 24, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County voters may get chance to consolidate clerk, recorder offices
Friday, June 24, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Grand Opening Ceremony for Swallow Cliff Pavilion, Second Stair Set
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Tom Dart releases videos of Cook County Jail inmates attacking deputies
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Fox 32 Chicago

Cook County officials call for researching gun violence
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Fox 32 News

Judge allows suit vs. clerk to continue
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Jail Placed on Lock Down as 317 Staff Call in Sick
Monday, June 20, 2016

Cook County Jail on lockdown due to staff shortage
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

BGA: Discount saved Trump estimated $800,000 in tax on penthouse
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Eugene Moore, former Cook County recorder of deeds, dies at 73
Friday, June 17, 2016
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP