Racial Ethnic Disparities

Chairperson John Bailey

The Racial Ethnic Disparities Committee assesses racial and ethnic disparities within the Lake County Juvenile Justice System and evaluates how the Lake County Juvenile Justice Division can continue to root out policies and practices that pose any barriers to the development of youth within the juvenile justice system.


Chairperson Gina Roberts

The Outreach Committee seeks out community partners and stakeholders that can help inform Lake County residents on the programming and recommendations of the JJC.


Chairperson James Edwards

The Trainings Committee researches and informs the community about programs and seminars that pertain to justice-involved youth, including the JJC’s free annual seminar pertaining to current juvenile justice issues.


The Legislative Committee researches and updates community stakeholders on current legislation to increase public awareness of recent juvenile justice trends and policies.

Juvenile Justice Legislative News
Spring 2022

For current updates and status of each pending bill, go to to review.

  1. HR616 & SR 757. Resolution adopted on March 15, 2022, in the House. The Senate bill was referred to assignments. This resolution urged the IL Supreme Court to prioritize in person hearings when a child’s liberty is at stake.
  2. SB3621. Currently referred to assignments in the Senate. This bill would eliminate fines and fees in juvenile cases.
  3. HB 5273/SB 3648. This has been referred to assignments in both the House and the Senate. This bill would expand the role of the IL Department of Juvenile Justice Ombudsperson to include children’s rights while in pretrial detention.
  4. HB 5540. This has been referred to the Rules committee in the House. This bill would repeal the automatic transfer provision in the Juvenile Court Act.

The Youth Committee seeks to connect the JJC directly to Lake County youth, giving them opportunities to weigh in on their local juvenile justice system and get involved in their community.

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