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  • October 15, 2018

    100-0810 (SB3466) Passed!

    100-0810 (SB3466) ensures that caregivers are given notice and assistance to address the causes of their child’s truancy rather than automatically penalizing the caregiver with a fine; aligns the municipal process with the state-level process by requiring caregivers receive notice and the opportunity to meet with school personnel before allowing the school to refer caregivers …

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  • October 12, 2018

    October E-Newsletter Highlights

    Board of Directors | Donor | Community Partner   Board of Directors’ Showcase            Val Weiss, Treasurer                              Val Weiss has been on the Moran Center’s Board of Directors for the past 10 years, recruited by former Executive Director …

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  • October 9, 2018

    100-0984 (SB2925) Passed!

    100-0984 (SB2925) requires School Resource Officers – police officers – to complete training in education and juvenile related law; de-escalation techniques and positive behavior interventions; how to address the mental, physical, and behavioral health needs of all children, including those with disabilities or special needs. Thanks to the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law for ensuring …

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  • October 1, 2018

    We Won 3rd Place in the Commission Mission Award

    The Moran Center won 3rd place in the Commission Mission Award and a $1,000! We are proud to share the honor of splitting this $10,000 award with five other amazing nonprofits in Evanston. Thank you to everyone who took part in the voting process and especially those who voted for the Moran Center. This would not …

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  • September 28, 2018

    F.A.T.E Bill Passed

    100-0776 (HB 5341), also known as the F.A.T.E. (Fair Access To Employment) Bill, clarifies that outstanding legal financial obligations like fines, fees, and court costs cannot be considered when reviewing a sealing petition. Thanks to the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), including Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Community Renewal Society, and Heartland …

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  • September 20, 2018

    Patrick Keenan-Devlin on the New Station Adjustment Forms in Evanston PD

    Moran Center Executive Director, Patrick Keenan-Devlin, was interviewed by Evanston Round Table about his role in redesigning the station adjustment forms for the Evanston Police Department. Keenan-Devlin was a part of the the Alternatives to Arrest Committee whose goal, “is to find local alternatives to arrests for misdemeanors and reduce the number of young adults that have …

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  • September 19, 2018

    HB4208 Vetoed by Governor Rauner – Override This

    HB4208 establishes the School Safety and Healthy Learning Environment Grant Program which requires schools with high discipline rates to submit plans to reduce school suspensions/expulsions and provides grants (subject to appropriation) for school districts to implement restorative interventions. Governor Rauner amendatorily vetoed a provision within the legislation prohibiting schools from using grant funds to “increase …

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  • September 13, 2018

    Cook County Bars Detention of Children Under the Age of 13

    Ordinance 18-4955 was passed on Wednesday September 12th by the Cook County Board. Commissioner Larry Suffredin introduced the Ordinance to end the practice of detaining children under the age of 13 in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and Cook County Jail. The Juvenile Justice Initiative distributed a letter from the Moran Center supporting …

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  • September 10, 2018

    Pam Cytrynbaum Interviewed in Peacebuilder Magazine

    The Moran Center’s Restorative Justice Coordinator, Pam Cytrynbaum, was interviewed for the 2018 publication of Peacebuilder Magazine. This magazine is published by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Cytrynbaum was interviewed about her participation in the Zehr Institute’s first online course on law enforcement and restorative justice. The article can be access at 

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  • September 5, 2018

    Criminal & Traffic Assessment Act Passed

    100-0987 (HB4594) also known as the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act, reforms the system of court costs, fines, and fees in Illinois. The Act reduces the hardship of court costs on low-income individuals and reduces the burden on the court system of collecting these fees by making the system more effective and efficient. The Act also allows individuals …

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