2010 Illinois Code
CHAPTER 720 CRIMINAL OFFENSES
720 ILCS 555/ Child Curfew Act.

    (720 ILCS 555/0.01) (from Ch. 23, par. 2370.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Child Curfew Act.
(Source: P.A. 86‑1324.)

    (720 ILCS 555/1)(from Ch. 23, par. 2371)
    Sec. 1. Curfew.
    (a) Definitions. In this Section.
        (1) "Curfew hours" means:
            (A) Between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Saturday;
            (B) Between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday;
         and
            (C) Between 11:00 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday,
         inclusive, and 6:00 a.m. on the following day.
        (2) "Emergency" means an unforeseen combination of
     circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. The term includes, but is not limited to a fire, a natural disaster, an automobile accident, or any situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life.
        (3) "Establishment" means any privately‑owned place
     of business operated for a profit to which the public is invited including but not limited to any place of amusement or entertainment.
        (4) "Guardian" means:
            (A) a person who, under court order, is the
         guardian of the person of a minor; or
            (B) a public or private agency with whom a minor
         has been placed by a court.
        (5) "Minor" means any person under 17 years of age.
        (6) "Parent" means a person who is:
            (A) a natural parent, adoptive parent, or
         step‑parent of another person; or
            (B) at least 18 years of age and authorized by a
         parent or guardian to have the care and custody of a minor.
        (7) "Public Place" means any place to which the
     public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes but is not limited to streets, highways, and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transport facilities, and shops.
        (8) "Remain" means to:
            (A) linger or stay; or
            (B) fail to leave premises when requested to do
         so by a police officer or the owner, operator, or other person in control of the premises.
        (9) "Serious bodily injury" means bodily injury that
     creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
    (b) Offenses.
        (1) A minor commits an offense if he or she remains
     in any public place or on the premises of any establishment during curfew hours.
        (2) A parent or guardian of a minor or other person
     in custody or control of a minor commits an offense if he or she knowingly permits the minor to remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment during curfew hours.
    (c) Defenses. It is a defense to prosecution under
     subsection (b) that the minor was:
            (A) accompanied by the minor's parent or guardian
         or other person in custody or control of the minor;
            (B) on an errand at the direction of the minor's
         parent or guardian, without any detour or stop;
            (C) in a motor vehicle involved in interstate
         travel;
            (D) engaged in an employment activity or going to
         or returning home from an employment activity, without any detour or stop;
            (E) involved in an emergency;
            (F) on the sidewalk abutting the minor's
         residence or abutting the residence of a next‑door neighbor if the neighbor did not complain to the police department about the minor's presence;
            (G) attending an official school, religious, or
         other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by a government or governmental agency, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor, or going to or returning home from, without any detour or stop, an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by a government or governmental agency, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor;
            (H) exercising First Amendment rights protected
         by the United States Constitution, such as the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, and the right of assembly; or
            (I) married or had been married or is an
         emancipated minor under the Emancipation of Minors Act.
    (d) Enforcement. Before taking any enforcement action
     under this Section, a law enforcement officer shall ask the apparent offender's age and reason for being in the public place. The officer shall not issue a citation or make an arrest under this Section unless the officer reasonably believes that an offense has occurred and that, based on any response and other circumstances, no defense in subsection (c) is present.
    (e) A person convicted of a violation of any provision of this Section shall be guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $500, except that neither a person who has been made a ward of the court under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, nor that person's legal guardian, shall be subject to any fine. In addition to or instead of the fine imposed by this Section, the court may order a parent, legal guardian, or other person convicted of a violation of subsection (b) of this Section to perform community service as determined by the court, except that the legal guardian of a person who has been made a ward of the court under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 may not be ordered to perform community service. The dates and times established for the performance of community service by the parent, legal guardian, or other person convicted of a violation of subsection (b) of this Section shall not conflict with the dates and times that the person is employed in his or her regular occupation.
(Source: P.A. 93‑1092, eff. 3‑29‑05.)

    (720 ILCS 555/2) (from Ch. 23, par. 2372)
    Sec. 2. County, municipal and other local boards and bodies authorized to adopt local police laws and regulations under the constitution and laws of this State may exercise legislative or regulatory authority over this subject matter by ordinance or resolution incorporating the substance of this Act or increasing the requirements thereof or otherwise not in conflict with this Act.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 3323.)

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