The Commission’s work is carried out by four committees with specific charges:

Chair, Rick Velasquez

The Executive Committee meets bi-monthly (in months when the full Commission does not meet). The Executive Committee is responsible for developing by-laws and rules for the Commission. The Committee also addresses issues as assigned by the full Commission and Chairperson.

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Chair, Lisa Jacobs

The Planning and Grants Committee guides the development of the Commission’s annual Comprehensive Plan, which is submitted to OJJDP. The Committee also oversees the Commission’s grantmaking by reviewing proposals, making funding recommendations, and reviewing grant implementation.

According to the Commission’s bylaws, the Committee has the following authority and responsibility to:

  • Develop, Review and Revise the state’s juvenile justice Comprehensive Plans
  • Review and Recommend Allocation of Funds
  • Review of Comprehensive Plans
  • Review of Concept Papers
  • Review of Competitive and Non-Competitive Applications
  • Review of Proposals
  • Review of Proposals for Funds in Imminent Danger of Lapse
  • Revision, Termination and Suspension of Grants Funds

All actions taken by the Planning and Grants Committee are presented to the full Commission for approval.

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Co-Chairs: Michelle Mbekeani and Julia Schick

Across the country, youth of color are more likely to be arrested, detained, and incarcerated than white youth. These racial disparities are known as Racial and Ethnic Disparities (R.E.D.). Reducing R.E.D. is one of the four core requirements of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and a key component of the Commission’s work.

The Illinois Racial Justice and Equity Committee (IRJEC) guides the Commission’s work to address minority overrepresentation in the juvenile justice system. The IRJEC also works to address deficiencies in the way race and ethnicity data is collected throughout the juvenile justice system. The Committee funded a comprehensive statewide R.E.D Assessment that was completed in March 2013. The Assessment included data from 41 Illinois counties and survey responses from over 600 juvenile justice professionals on the issue of R.E.D. The Commission, in cooperation with Illinois Models for Change, released Guidelines for Collecting and Recording Race and Ethnicity in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System.

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In addition to the four committees, Commissioners volunteer to work on various projects as needed.