Committee OKs Earlier Curfew For Younger Kids

UPDATED: 7/21/2011 2:30 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s curfew for juveniles is one step closer to changing.

Newsradio 780’s Mary Francis Bragiel reports the a city council committee has voted to get kids inside the house a half hour earlier.

Last year, the Chicago police department issued 19,500 curfew violations. Ald, Jim Balcer, who chairs the Committee on Public Safety, called that figure impressive.

The amended ordinance means those kids age 12 and under would have to be in the house by 8:30 p.m. during the weekday and 9 p.m. on the weekend. Ald. Toni Foulkes, the lead sponsor. says an increase in crime did not prompt the proposed amendment

The full City Council will vote on the issue next week.

Two years ago, retired Mayor Richard M. Daley moved the curfew for those under 17 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.

Before that, it had been 10:30 p.m. on weekdays at 11:30 p.m. on weekends for children under 17. CBS 2 reported there were 26,500 curfew violations that year.

  • Pothead

    Parents need to police their own children. Our police have better things to do then watch the off spring that some people don’t care about.

  • Free Handouts

    Why is it the taxpayer’s responsibility for funding activities? Why can’t Jamal and Shawanda be responsible for their own kids?

  • NWA

    I remember the “March on Marquette Park” for fair housing in Chicago. Where, Whites lined the streets with their dogs as they threw bottles, bricks and called us names. Today you sit at your computers and post racially charged remarks to get a rise or, to express your ignorance. African-Americans are, and have always tried to assimilate. The question Whites need to ask themselves is, have you helped with diversity or, are you replicating your parent’s actions of the past?


    • Pothead

      I remember living on Marquette Park (70thh and California) before the BLACKS
      ruined it. I seen you people moviong in and I got out.

    • GM

      That was unfortunate, but remember some of those blacks were getting those houses very cheap. It was somewhat forced integration. What I see from many blacks today is getting as many handouts as possible without conrtibuting anything.

  • Shari

    It is a parents RESPONSIBILITY to control their children, not the police or other city officials. Parents should know where their children are at all times…I know this seems like work, but raising a child is work, (children are not toys, pawns during divorce battles, custody battles etc,), they need to be nurtured and taught right from wrong, fed and clothed, told that getting into fights or just randomly beating on someone because of their ethnicity or lifestyle choice is a crime. They need to be told that it is okay to say no and standup for what they believe in.
    Our children are dying because the adults in this city are saying “it isn’t my child so whatever” people we need to stop with this attitude and step up. I am sorry I don’t have a solution, but I really believe tax dollars could be spent on better things.

    • GM

      You forgot to mention how people have kids to get more government aid.

      • Shari

        Not all people have children to get more government aid, that is a very assumption to make, because children from all economic backgrounds get in trouble too.

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