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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 county, region or subset of a county, or group of
9counties pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement, in the
10State of Illinois may establish a county juvenile justice
11council ("council"). Each of the following county and regional
12officers shall designate a representative to serve on the
13council: local law enforcement, the State Board of Education,
14the Department of Human Services, the Juvenile Temporary
15Detention Center, the Chamber of Commerce, the sheriff, the
16State's Attorney, the Public Defender, Chief Probation
17Officer, and the county board. In addition, the chief judge may
18designate a representative to serve on the council.
19        (a) The council shall organize itself and elect from
20    its members a chairperson and such officers as are deemed
21    necessary. Until a chairperson is elected, the Justice
22    Advisory Council Director or his or her designee, or if the
23    county has no Justice Advisory Council Director, the



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



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



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