Juvenile Measure Advances In Illinois Legislature


SPRINGFIELD---- A proposal to speed up a juvenile suspect's hearing before a judge is headed to the Illinois House floor.

 The Juvenile Justice Committee overwhelmingly approved the plan by Evanston Democratic Rep. Robyn Gabel to require a hearing within 24 hours of a juvenile's arrest -- including on weekends and holidays.

 The law currently allows 40 hours before a hearing. Proponents of Gabel's plan say that's too long to have a juvenile in police custody without having a hearing to determine next steps.

 A spokesman for state's attorneys in Illinois says prosecutors need more time to review cases before justifying the detention before a judge.

 Republican Rep. Margo McDermed of Mokena says smaller downstate counties may not have budgets large enough to pay for judicial hearings on weekends and holidays.

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