Illinois judges used to decide whether a young suspect was tried as an adult or a juvenile. Preckwinkle wants to undo a 1982 change in state law which makes transfers for some felony charges automatic – for example, in cases of rape or murder.
Illinois will implement new rules to help ensure the due-process rights of juveniles in a settlement of a 2012 lawsuit that alleged hundreds of children on parole are illegally detained each year, according to recent federal court filings.
An Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising their judgment and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future, according to a study due out Tuesday.
The boys, 15 and 16, touched the girl’s breasts, buttocks and tired to slip their hands into her pants, police said.
Bed bugs at the Cook County Juvenile Courthouse have prompted officials to bring in the exterminators.
A 13-year-old boy shot by police last week will appear for a court hearing Aug. 15 after being charged with allegedly assaulting a police officer.
A 15-year-old boy has been convicted of murder charges in Juvenile Court in the beating death of Fenger High School honor student Derrion Albert.