State of Illinois
2015 and 2016


Introduced , by Rep. William Davis


705 ILCS 405/6-12

    Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that local law enforcement, the State Board of Education, the Department of Human Services, and the Public Defender may designate representatives to serve on county juvenile justice councils. Provides that the Justice Advisory Council Director or his or her designee, or if the county has no Justice Advisory Council Director, the State's Attorney, shall serve as interim chairperson. Provides that the chairperson shall appoint additional members of the council which are representatives of local law enforcement, juvenile justice agencies, faith organizations, schools, businesses, and community organizations. Provides for the creation of Local Advisory Committees, and that 20% of the membership of these Committees must be local-justice involved youths aged 16-21. Provides that the duties and responsibilities of the Juvenile Justice Council includes facilitating community based collaboration and perspective on oversight, research, and evaluation of activities, programs, and policies directed towards and impacting the lives of juveniles.

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1    AN ACT concerning courts.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Juvenile Court Act of 1987 is amended by
5changing Section 6-12 as follows:
6    (705 ILCS 405/6-12)
7    Sec. 6-12. County juvenile justice councils.
8    (1) Each region or subset of a county, or group of counties
9pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement, in the State of
10Illinois may establish a county juvenile justice council
11("council"). Each of the following county and regional officers
12shall designate a representative to serve on the council: local
13law enforcement, the State Board of Education, the Department
14of Human Services, the Chamber of Commerce, the sheriff, the
15State's Attorney, the Public Defender, Chief Probation
16Officer, and the county board. In addition, the chief judge may
17designate a representative to serve on the council.
18        (a) The council shall organize itself and elect from
19    its members a chairperson and such officers as are deemed
20    necessary. Until a chairperson is elected, the Justice
21    Advisory Council Director or his or her designee, or if the
22    county has no Justice Advisory Council Director, the
23    State's Attorney, State's Attorney shall serve as interim



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1    chairperson.
2        (b) The chairperson shall appoint additional members
3    of the council as is deemed necessary to accomplish the
4    purposes of this Article and whenever possible shall
5    appoint a local Chief of Police and a representative of a
6    community youth service provider. The additional members
7    shall may include, but are not limited to, representatives
8    of local law enforcement, juvenile justice agencies, faith
9    organizations, schools, businesses, and community
10    organizations.
11        (c) The county juvenile justice council shall meet
12    monthly from time to time, but no less than semi-annually,
13    for the purpose of encouraging the initiation of, or
14    supporting ongoing, interagency cooperation and programs
15    to address juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime.
16        (d) Local Advisory Committees, or "LACs", shall
17    represent local communities in each township. Twenty
18    percent of each LAC shall be composed of local-justice
19    involved youths aged 16-21. At least one youth and one
20    adult from each LAC shall serve on their local Juvenile
21    Justice Council. Each LAC shall establish a monthly meeting
22    schedule, and shall bring their local issues, concerns, and
23    recommendations to the Juvenile Justice Council.
24    (2) The purpose of a county juvenile justice council is to
25provide a forum for the development of a community-based
26interagency assessment of the local juvenile justice system, to



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1develop a county juvenile justice plan for the prevention of
2juvenile delinquency, and to make recommendations to the county
3board, or county boards, for more effectively utilizing
4existing community resources in dealing with juveniles who are
5found to be involved in crime, or who are truant or have been
6suspended or expelled from school. The county juvenile justice
7plan shall include relevant portions of local crime prevention
8and public safety plans, school improvement and school safety
9plans, and the plans or initiatives of other public and private
10entities within the county that are concerned with dropout
11prevention, school safety, the prevention of juvenile crime and
12criminal activity by youth gangs.
13    (3) The duties and responsibilities of the county juvenile
14justice council include, but are not limited to:
15        (a) Developing a county juvenile justice plan based
16    upon utilization of the resources of law enforcement,
17    school systems, park programs, sports entities, and others
18    in a cooperative and collaborative manner to prevent or
19    discourage juvenile crime.
20        (b) Entering into a written county interagency
21    agreement specifying the nature and extent of
22    contributions each signatory agency will make in achieving
23    the goals of the county juvenile justice plan and their
24    commitment to the sharing of information useful in carrying
25    out the goals of the interagency agreement to the extent
26    authorized by law.



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1        (c) Applying for and receiving public or private
2    grants, to be administered by one of the community
3    partners, that support one or more components of the county
4    juvenile justice plan.
5        (d) (Blank). Providing a forum for the presentation of
6    interagency recommendations and the resolution of
7    disagreements relating to the contents of the county
8    interagency agreement or the performance by the parties of
9    their respective obligations under the agreement.
10    (d-5) Facilitating community based collaboration and
11perspective on oversight, research, and evaluation of
12activities, programs, and policies directed towards and
13impacting the lives of juveniles.
14        (e) Assisting and directing the efforts of local
15    community support organizations and volunteer groups in
16    providing enrichment programs and other support services
17    for clients of local juvenile detention centers.
18        (f) Developing and making available a county-wide or
19    multi-county resource guide for minors in need of
20    prevention, intervention, psycho-social, educational
21    support, and other services needed to prevent juvenile
22    delinquency.
23    (4) The council shall have no role in the charging or
24prosecution of juvenile offenders.
25(Source: P.A. 90-590, eff. 1-1-99.)