Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  

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:  

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


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

  Last year more people used the County's forest preserves than visited Yellowstone National Park.

Judge, principal work to decrease juvenile crimes

Sunday, July 09, 2006
Daily Southtown
by Kati Phillips

Judge Michael Stuttley says students behave better in classrooms where teachers drop his name.
So when Paige McNulty, principal of the alternative Independence High School, tells kids she is calling "Mike," they take pause.
Who would've thought their principal was on a first-name basis with the presiding juvenile judge of the 6th Municipal District?
"One thing we've found out is when there is a relationship between my court and the school, there are less problems," he said.
Stuttley and McNulty want to have a lot more juvenile justice workers and educators on a first-name basis this school year. They are organizing "juvenile summits" that will bring southeast suburban police, probation officers, principals and social service representatives to the same table.
Their monthly agenda is likely to include how to pool resources for the top 10 neediest kids from the SPEED special-education cooperative in Chicago Heights and its feeder districts.
The conversation could go this way: "Johnny Doe was incarcerated over the weekend, and now he's back at school. What can be done to help him at school and at home to get him back on track?" Or this way: "The school social worker was talking to Johnny Doe last week about an argument with another teen. How can we prevent this from escalating into a gang fight in the community?"
McNulty said these conversations happen on occasion now, but typically they are brief or are between a child and an adult rather than two adults.
She estimates a quarter of the kids in her 100-student high school are involved in the juvenile justice system. It is not uncommon for a student to come to school wearing an electronic bracelet or after missing 10 days of school while in juvenile jail. Educators don't always get an explanation, which makes their job more difficult.
"We are trying to be proactive and support the kids so they can go on to college and the military and the world of work," McNulty said.
Stuttley said youths picked up for arson, weapons or sex crimes can be incarcerated two to six weeks while waiting for a psychological evaluation by a county clinician. He would like to call on school psychologists so the kids can be processed faster. He hopes the summit will accomplish that.
"One of the worst things you can do is hold a kid at Audy Home. ... It's like juvenile county jail," he said.
Nationally and locally, juvenile crime statistics have been on the decline after peaking in the mid- to late 1990s.
The 6th District in Markham has filed more juvenile petitions so far this year than last year at this time.
Between January and June 2005, 281 petitions were filed, compared with 334 already this year.
Fewer cases have been diverted to mediation or other resolutions, 341 compared with 235.
"What this tells me is that the charges are more severe," Stuttley said.
The first summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Prairie State College.

Recent Headlines

Woman, 19, arrested after escaping police custody at Cook County courthouse
Sunday, December 09, 2018
WLS ABC Chicago 7

Here's an exciting prospect: A boring assessor's office
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Sheriff starts unique inmate program to combat Chicago's gun epidemic
Thursday, December 06, 2018
RTV 6 Indianapolis

Staff feud at tax appeals board turns nasty
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Tax Bills Posted Online Three Months Early
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
CBS Chicago

County Board makes it easier to choose Preckwinkle successor
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

New Cook County assessor vows end to favoritism as he takes office
Monday, December 03, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

New Cook County Board members sworn in Monday
Monday, December 03, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County referendums: 'Yes' to everything
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Chicago City Wire

Glenview to discuss Cook County minimum wage, paid sick leave ordinances in December
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wilmette reverses course, fully adopts both county minimum wage and sick time rules
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

What Pritzker's minimum wage increase plan could mean for the suburbs
Monday, November 26, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County sheriff’s vehicle struck during ISP pursuit on I-294
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County 'Tails' program offers redemption for inmates, dogs
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County correctional officer owns bar where security guard Jemel Roberson shot by cop, officials say
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

More than 2 months after sisters were killed in crash with Cook County sheriff's officer, family still waits for answers
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Jail guard’s retaliation suit can proceed
Monday, November 19, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Northbrook will revisit Cook County minimum wage ordinance in May
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suffredin: County to seek 'safeguards' for golf course road
Friday, November 16, 2018
Evanston NOW

She's been waiting 15 months for her rape kit to be processed. A new proposal to track evidence aims to change that.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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