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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Juvenile Justice

Legal limit on tobacco age may rise; H.B. 1034 May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 Some Illinois teens may soon find it more difficult to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. House Bill 1034 would raise the current minimum age to purchase such products from 18 to 19.
Legislation mandates legal representation for pre-teens suspected of murder or sex crimes — P.A. 91-915 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation that ensures legal representation for young minors suspected of murder or sex offenses.
When determining the fitness of a parent, the court can only consider evidence of actions occurring within 12 months from the date in which the court finds the abused, or a dependent May 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 252 On March 23, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's finding that D.L.'s mother was unfit pursuant to section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/2-29).
Juvenile offender information now available to victims in some circumstances; P.A. 91-479 April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 Under 705 ILCS 405/5-905, law enforcement officials ordinarily may not disclose the identity of any juvenile when releasing information to the public about arrests or investigations involving minors.
Tattoos for public servicework?; P.A. 91-98 April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 Under two new laws that amend the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, some juveniles may soon be trading in their tattoos for additional community service hours.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath October 1999 Column, Page 514 Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.
Providing certain minors with access to firearms is a misdemeanor; PA 91-18 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 PA 91-18 will penalize a person who knowingly leaves a firearm where a minor under 14 years of age can access it if the minor later causes death or serious bodily harm with it.
School shooters excluded from juvenile court jurisdiction ; P.A. 91-15 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 The Juvenile Court Act, 705 ILCS 405/1 et seq, attempts to best serve the safety and ``welfare of [an accused minor] and the best interests of the community'' by shielding the minor from the full force and application of the Illinois Criminal Code.
An Overview of the Juvenile Justice Reform Provisions of 1998 By Michele M. Jochner March 1999 Article, Page 152 A review of important changes wrought by this sweeping new law.
Juvenile Justice Act Rewrite; PA 90-590 January 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 13 According to Senator Hawkinson, the re-write of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act incorporates mostly technical changes to meet the sponsors' intent to create a system that protects the community, holds juvenile delinquents accountable for their crimes, and lets juvenile offenders live responsibly and productively.