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(720 ILCS 5/12C-60)
(a) Curfew offenses.
(1) A minor commits a curfew offense when he or she
remains in any public place or on the premises of any establishment during curfew hours.
(2) A parent or guardian of a minor or other person
in custody or control of a minor commits a curfew offense when he or she knowingly permits the minor to remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment during curfew hours.
(b) Curfew defenses. It is a defense to prosecution under subsection (a) that the minor was:
(1) accompanied by the minor's parent or guardian or
other person in custody or control of the minor;
(2) on an errand at the direction of the minor's
parent or guardian, without any detour or stop;
(3) in a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel;
(4) engaged in an employment activity or going to or
returning home from an employment activity, without any detour or stop;
(5) involved in an emergency;
(6) on the sidewalk abutting the minor's residence or
abutting the residence of a next-door neighbor if the neighbor did not complain to the police department about the minor's presence;
(7) attending an official school, religious, or other
recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by a government or governmental agency, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor, or going to or returning home from, without any detour or stop, an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by a government or governmental agency, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor;
(8) exercising First Amendment rights protected by
the United States Constitution, such as the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, and the right of assembly; or
(9) married or had been married or is an emancipated
minor under the Emancipation of Minors Act.
(c) Enforcement. Before taking any enforcement action under this Section, a law enforcement officer shall ask the apparent offender's age and reason for being in the public place. The officer shall not issue a citation or make an arrest under this Section unless the officer reasonably believes that an offense has occurred and that, based on any response and other circumstances, no defense in subsection (b) is present.
(d) Definitions. In this Section:
(1) "Curfew hours" means:
(A) Between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Saturday;
(B) Between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday;
(C) Between 11:00 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday,
inclusive, and 6:00 a.m. on the following day.
(2) "Emergency" means an unforeseen combination of
circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. The term includes, but is not limited to, a fire, a natural disaster, an automobile crash, or any situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life.
(3) "Establishment" means any privately-owned place
of business operated for a profit to which the public is invited, including, but not limited to, any place of amusement or entertainment.
(4) "Guardian" means:
(A) a person who, under court order, is the
guardian of the person of a minor; or
(B) a public or private agency with whom a minor
has been placed by a court.
(5) "Minor" means any person under 17 years of age.
(6) "Parent" means a person who is:
(A) a natural parent, adoptive parent, or
step-parent of another person; or
(B) at least 18 years of age and authorized by a
parent or guardian to have the care and custody of a minor.
(7) "Public place" means any place to which the
public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways, and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transport facilities, and shops.
(8) "Remain" means to:
(A) linger or stay; or
(B) fail to leave premises when requested to do
so by a police officer or the owner, operator, or other person in control of the premises.
(9) "Serious bodily injury" means bodily injury that
creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
(e) Sentence. A violation of this Section
is a petty offense with a fine of not less than
more than $500, except that neither a person who has been made a ward of the
court under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, nor that person's legal guardian,
shall be subject to any fine. In addition to or instead of the
by this Section, the court may order a parent, legal guardian, or other person
convicted of a violation of subsection (a) of this
Section to perform community service as determined by the court, except that
the legal guardian of a person subject to delinquency proceedings or who has been made a ward of the court under the
Juvenile Court Act of 1987 may not be ordered to perform community service.
The dates and
times established for the performance of community service by the parent, legal
guardian, or other person convicted of a violation of subsection (a) of this
Section shall not conflict with the dates and times that the person is
employed in his or her regular occupation. Fines and assessments, such as fees or administrative costs, shall not be ordered or imposed against a minor under the age of 18 transferred to adult court or excluded from juvenile court jurisdiction under Article V of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, or the minor's parent, guardian, or legal custodian.
(f) County, municipal and other local boards and bodies authorized to
adopt local police laws and regulations under the constitution and laws of
this State may exercise legislative or regulatory authority over this
subject matter by ordinance or resolution incorporating the substance of
this Section or increasing the requirements thereof or otherwise not in
conflict with this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-982, eff. 7-1-23; 103-379, eff. 7-28-23.)