Chicago Sun-Times’ Editorial Board discussed our bills, HB2567 and HB3718, that got bi-partisan support.
“People who work with troubled kids will tell you that it does no good to put a child as young as 10 in a county detention facility. Talk about setting the kid up for even more trouble.
But the police will tell you something else: they don’t always have a choice. Taking a child out of his home and putting him in a detention facility is sometimes, unfortunately, the only way they can protect the child from a dangerous family fight that’s about to explode.
Those two conflicting truths were at the heart of negotiations in the Illinois Legislature this spring on a law establishing when and why a child can be put in county detention. Both sides compromised and produced a bill that, while not perfect, is a good step forward in helping and protecting children.
Equally important, passage of the bill — and almost a dozen other reforms in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice — serve to remind us of how bipartisan progress is still best made in Springfield: Eschew rigid ideology, compromise, and don’t trash your opponent.”
Read full editorial here.