Here are the details of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s new youth curfew rules – Chicago Tribune

While a City Council committee on Friday approved Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s curfew measure creating greater restrictions on when minors can be outside in Chicago, Lightfoot had previously signed an executive order with the same restrictions.

The Chicago Law Department says these new rules are in place now because the executive order was signed Tuesday, even as the curfew rules themselves are up for a vote early next week on the council floor.

The discussion about changing the rules governing when minors can be outside comes after 16-year-old Seandell Holliday was shot May 14 near The Bean in Millennium Park, allegedly by a 17-year-old. . Chicago police said the shooting occurred during an altercation when large groups of youths had gathered in a downtown park in a scene that turned chaotic.

Under the executive order:

Minors between 12 and 17 years old cannot go outside after 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following day every day of the week. There is no loosening of curfew hours for Friday or Saturday nights.

The law remains unchanged for those under 12 years of age. They are not allowed to leave after 8:30 pm on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until 6 am the following day. Children under 12 years old can stay out until 9 pm on Friday or Saturday until 6 am the next day.

The proposed amendment to the ordinance pending a vote by the City Council has the same restrictions.

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The city’s curfew ordinance, in place since 1992, is superseded by Lightfoot’s executive order, which, according to the verbiage of the order, was enacted under an “emergency” of an increase in “crimes committed by minors.”

The decree has the following rules:

Minors between 12 and 16 years old cannot go outside after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until 6:00 a.m. the next day. For Friday or Saturday night, the curfew is from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Children under 12 years of age cannot leave after 8:30 pm on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until 6:00 am the following day. Children under 12 years old can stay out until 9:00 pm on any Friday or Saturday until 6:00 am the next day.

The mayor’s executive order, and the ordinance to be voted on by the full council, grants exceptions for youth attending “ticketed or sponsored events” as long as they can prove their attendance with a ticket stub or wristband. The organizer must be in “full compliance” and “in good standing” with the city.

Existing exceptions are maintained for minors to go out after curfew. That includes if they are accompanied or running an errand for a parent or guardian, attending an adult-supervised event sponsored by an official organization, standing on the sidewalk in front of their home, or if it is an emergency. Minors are also exempt if they are exercising their First Amendment rights, such as attending a protest.

Additionally, minors are also exempt from the curfew if they are in a motor vehicle traveling on interstate highways or are married or emancipated.

During Friday’s committee hearing, Chicago police Lt. Michael Kapustianyk said officers have been making “investigative” stops upon seeing someone who appears to be a minor. If the person is a minor, defined by the executive order as 17 years old or younger, and does not have a valid reason to be out, the police can take “protective custody” of them until a parent, guardian, or a ” responsible adult” can be located

He said officers can use their discretion about when to take a minor into protective custody, but the goal is “voluntary compliance.” The definition of a “responsible adult” includes extended family or neighbors to whom the parent “has given the authority to take responsibility for the child at night,” Kapustianyk said.

Curfew violations that reach that stage are documented, but Chicago police policy is not to arrest or charge children just for violating curfew, Kapustianyk added. Any citation will be given to the parent, who may be summoned to an administrative hearing if his or her child has violated the curfew three or more times in the last year.

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