Members of the Illinois House debated which 17-year-olds should be tried as adults. A bill allowing some to be tried as juveniles passed the House. “This measure would bring Illinois law into line with those of 38 other states, federal law and (the) law of many other nations,” said the bill sponsor State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago).
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State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) opposed the bill, saying that 17-year-olds are not children. “We should be able to trust the prosecutors that we elect and their staff and their assistants to decide if a 17-year-old (that) breaks into your house, if they should be treated as an adult or not,” Reboletti said. HB 2404, which allows some 17-year-olds to be tried as juveniles, passed the House, 89-26-1.