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Public News Service - IL: Youth Issues

About 125,000 Illinois children are abused or neglected each year, but authorities suspect as many as 100,000 additional cases go unreported. (tx.us)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and in Illinois, 125,000 children are the victims of abuse or neglect each year. According to the Department of Children and Family Services, the problem could actually be worse, with as many as 100,000 abuse cases a year going un

Illinois is one of the states leading the charge to raise the age young people face charges in adult court. (fbi.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois is one of the states taking the lead in the effort to raise the minimum age of how young adults are prosecuted for misdemeanor crimes. Legislation has been proposed to allow 18, 19 and 20-year-olds to have their misdemeanor cases heard within the juvenile justice

Young Illinois women are hoping to raise enough money to go to Washington, D.C., later this month. (womensmarch.com)

CHICAGO -- There's an effort underway in Illinois to get young women more involved in the political process. The Women's March on Washington will take place on January 21, and young members of the Illinois chapter are trying to raise enough money to go so they can make their voices heard at the nati

Young people in urban areas say things they're afraid of include police interactions, community violence and lack of food. (Tatiyana Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A study done by youth researchers cites fear as a major barrier to wellness for students of color. Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the United States' child population, and, according to America's Promise Alliance, fear and less access to opportuniti

Two reports look at school segregation and have different answers for how to deal with it. (Virginia Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An education think tank has taken a closer look at a report on school segregation that came out this fall from the Center for Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. It found that poverty, not race, is the real challenge for segregated schools, and that improvin

Work continues in Illinois to keep young offenders out of adult court. (peoriacountyjic.org)

EVANSTON, Ill. — An awards ceremony will be held Thursday night to honor those who work tirelessly to defend the rights of young people in the Illinois criminal justice system. A lot of progress has been made in Illinois, said Elizabeth Clarke, director at the Juvenile Justice Initiative, in

A survey of Illinois teachers finds children who live in poverty have a hard time focusing in school and often have behavior problems. (Victoria Jordan)

CHICAGO – A new survey has found that poverty, community violence and unstable housing are the largest barriers to good education for Illinois kids. The nonprofit group Communities in Schools asked teachers, principals and school administrators across the country about the obstacles that get

Reform advocates are praising a new Illinois law that expands a requirement that children be represented by lawyers during police interrogations for serious crimes. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An Illinois juvenile-justice reform group says the state's new law to provide lawyers to more young offenders is a good start. According to the Juvenile Justice Initiative, Gov. Bruce Rauner has advanced justice for children by signing Senate Bill 2370 into law. The move raises

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