New law classifies 17-year-old offenders as juveniles

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A bill signed by Gov. Pat Quinn earlier this month will keep 17-year-olds who commit serious crimes in the juvenile court system. Two area prosecutors and a public defender said they are glad for the modification, because it uncomplicates a change the Legislature made more than three years ago that put 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors in juvenile court while keeping 17-year-olds charged with felonies in adult court.