May 22, 2019 Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Meeting


Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Committee Members and Staff. The public is welcome to attend.


May 22, 2019, 10:30a.m. to 12:00pm


  • 401 S Clinton
    4th Floor 4S4
    Chicago, IL
  • Call in: 888-494-4032
    Code: 5329547331#


  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Fiscal Updates--YTD FY19 Spending
  5. FY2020 NOFO Business
    1. JJC Recommendations
    2. JJ YSP Recommendations
  6. FY2020 Non- Competitive NOFOs
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business
  9. Legislative Updates
  10. Public Comment
  11. Next Meeting:
    Full Commission: 07/17/2019 10:30am
    401 S. Clinton St., 1st Floor
  12. Adjourn


  1. Call to Order
    Meeting called to order at 10:35am
  2. Roll Call
    George Timberlake, Lisa Jacobs, Rodney Ahitow, Julie Biehl, George Hill, Arnetra Jackson, Ben Roe, Ja'Vaune Jackson, Angela Rudolph, Rick Velasquez, Dana Weiner.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Rick Velasquez motioned for approval of minutes from 04/17/19 meeting. George Timberlake seconded; motion passed. January meeting minutes previously not approved due to not meeting quorum were also approved at this meeting. 
  4. Fiscal Updates--YTD FY19 Spending:
    IJJC YTD spending handout was reviewed with no unusual comments or questions.
  5. FY2020 NOFO Business
    1. Juvenile Justice Council Recommendations were summarized by Commissioner Lisa Jacobs for all Council proposals received and reviewed. All commissioners present were advised of recommendations made by reviewers and had an opportunity to ask questions. Motion made by Rodney Ahitow to accept recommendations of reviewers; motion passed unanimously.
      Councils funded for FY20:
      St. Clair Juvenile Justice Council
      Kane County
      DeKalb County
      Midwest Youth Services (Morgan county)
    2. Juvenile Justice Youth Serving Program Recommendations were summarized by Lisa Jacobs for 9 YSP proposals submitted and reviewed. 3 agencies that received recommendations not to fund were recapped and reasons provided to commissioners, (Kane County, YSBIV & SGA). No objections from any commissioners present. Ms. Jacobs summarized remaining Youth Serving Program proposals that received recommendations to fund by reviewers. Ms. Jacobs informed the Commission that a portion of the DuPage grant will go to Loyola University who is also her employer. She affirms she has no direct affiliation with the persons involved nor will any of the funding go to the Law School or her department.
      Motion made by Commissioner Ahitow to approve and accept recommendations made by reviewers; Rick Velasquez seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
      Youth Serving Programs funded for FY20:
      DeKalb County
      DuPage County
      Midwest Youth Services
      National Youth Advocate Program
      Westside Health Authority
      Youth Outreach Services
  6. FY2020 Non- Competitive NOFOs
    Wendy Nussbaum recapped non-competitive (continuing) proposals submitted by ICOY & U of I- CPRD. She reported ICOY was recommended for funding at less than the requested amount. Funds proposed for research, Youth Advisory Board, training for Juvenile Justice sites, gender specific services, and the all sites meeting will be moved to a Grant Exclusive line item.
    University of Illinois - CPRD received a recommendation for funding by reviewers at requested amount.
    Judge Timberlake made motion to accept recommendations and approve funding; Rick Velasquez seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
  7. New Business
    Arnetra Jackson recommended that the current model for a Youth Advisory Board used by DCFS would be a good model to follow and encouraged the Commission to take this into account when planning and conducting youth recruitment. She explained that this may help define the youth commissioner roles and responsibilities. Commissioners discussed and agree to take DCFS model into consideration.
    Youth Commissioner Arnetra Jackson further recommends that some focus be applied to the treatment of juveniles in detention centers as she has witnessed and heard first-hand accounts of abuses by correctional officers. It was agreed that this matter will be revisited and examined.
  8. Legislative Updates
    Commissioner Jacobs provided that both House Bills that were being monitored appear to be stuck in committee and have shown no further progress. Update will be provided when available.
  9. Public Comment
    No public comment
  10. Next Meeting
    P & G Committee: 07/17/19 9:00am 401 S Clinton St., 1st Flr.
    Full Commission: 07/17/2019 10:30am 401 S. Clinton St., 1st Flr.
  11. Adjournment
    Meeting adjourned