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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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  • August 9, 2018

    Civil Legal Clinic Volunteer Orientation

    The Moran Center is looking for volunteers (lawyers and non-lawyers) to volunteer at the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic. We will host a volunteer orientation and training session on September 8, 2018 at 12 pm at Chute Middle School (1400 Oakton St., Evanston). The orientation will provide volunteers with detailed information about the time commitment, policies and …

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  • March 15, 2018

    Civil Legal Clinic – Volunteer Orientation

                The Moran Center is looking for volunteers (lawyers and non-lawyers) to volunteer at the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic which opens on April 4, 2018 at Chute Middle School. We will host a volunteer orientation and training session on March 22, 2018 at 7pm at Chute Middle School (1400 Oakton St., …

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  • Moran Center Launches School-Based Civil Legal Clinic

                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       March 15, 2018 MORAN CENTER ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SCHOOL-BASED CIVIL LEGAL CLINIC AT EVANSTON’S CHUTE MIDDLE SCHOOL The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (“Moran Center”) will open a school-based civil legal clinic at Chute Middle School (“Chute”) in Evanston on April 4, 2018.  The …

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  • March 14, 2018

    At The Polls Part 7: Early Intervention & Prevention

    The Moran Center supports investment in critical prevention and intervention programs, like CCBYS (24/7 emergency services for children and youth in crisis), TeenReach (after school programming), Redeploy Illinois (last-ditch community alternatives to incarceration), and wrap-around supports for youth aging out of the child welfare system, as alternatives to the well-funded pipelines that funnel youth and …

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  • March 12, 2018

    At The Polls Part 6: Access to Mental Health via Medicaid Rate Reform

    Part 6 Access to Mental Health via Medicaid Rate Reform The Moran Center supports building treatment capacity in the mental health sector through Medicaid Rate Reforms. Currently, Medicaid reimbursement rates for mental health services prohibit the sector from growing to meet demand, resulting in long waiting lists for therapeutic interventions, substandard discharge planning following psychiatric …

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  • March 8, 2018

    At the Polls Part 5: Restorative Justice

    The Moran Center supports the use of restorative justice practices and principles for children and young adults in conflict with the law. Restorative justice involves restoring the offender’s relationship with the victim, repairing the harm caused, and rehabilitating the offender. Restorative justice stands in contrast to America’s punitive criminal justice system, which has resulted in …

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