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Public News Service - IL: Youth

Pre-trial juvenile detentions in Illinois fell 19% between March and April. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Juvenile-justice advocates say Illinois is failing its children by allowing kids as young as 10 years old to be locked-up without being found guilty of a crime. State law limits prison to children who are age 13 or older and have a felony conviction, but doesn't follow the same

Should instructors be allowed to decide if a course is held in person or online? (AdobeStock)

CHICAGO - A coalition of unions representing university and college faculty, staff and graduate workers are questioning the safety of returning to campus this fall. Yesterday, the unions demanded that higher learning begin remotely for all Illinois colleges and universities. President of Cook Coun

Infant mortality among Black infants in Illinois is two times the overall state rate. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Dual reports featuring new data on child outcomes reveal persistent health inequalities among children in Illinois. The 2020 Illinois KIDS COUNT report, released in conjunction with the national 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that roughly 3

Alderman Roderick Sawyer of Chicago's 6th Ward introduced an ordinance that would end the Chicago Public Schools' security agreement with the Chicago Police Department. (VOYCES)

CHICAGO -- Amid the intensifying appeals to rethink the role of police in cities across the country, there's a new push to end the police presence in Chicago schools. An ordinance announced Tuesday calls for Chicago Public Schools to terminate its $33 million contract with the Chicago Police Depart

Research shows that automatic transfer laws disproportionately impact youth of color. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- New research suggests that, if given time for proper review, Illinois could greatly reduce the number of juvenile cases that are sent to adult court and, in turn, give youth in trouble a better shot at redemption. In 2015, the legislature limited the automatic transfer of case

With the right to a speedy trial suspended in Illinois during the COVID-19 outbreak, advocates say youths being held in pre-trial detention should be released. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- There's a new call to better protect children awaiting trial in Illinois during the COVID-19 outbreak. A number of organizations are expressing concern over what they call a lack of transparency and protections from the Illinois Supreme Court for the state's juvenile-detention c

Experts recommend that children have an established

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's "Give Kids a Smile Day," when dozens of dentists provide free teeth cleaning and oral health screenings to youngsters throughout Illinois. Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood illness, and one in five Illinois third-graders has untreated tooth decay. Preside

Researchers say criminalizing children can cause long-term harm to their overall development. (kayasit/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO – More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults. At the Juvenile Justice Initiative's "Re-Imagine Justice Summit" in Chicago yesterday, t

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