(A) Def­i­n­i­tions.  When­ev­er used in this Section.

  1. Cur­few hours” means: 
    • 11:00 P.M. on any Sun­day, Mon­day, Tues­day, Wednes­day, or Thurs­day until 6:00 A.M. of the fol­low­ing day; and
    • 12:01 A.M. until 6:00 A.M. on Sat­ur­day; and
    • 12:01 A.M. until 6:00 A.M. on Sunday.
  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 per­son who, under court order, is the guardian of the per­son of a minor; or
    • A pub­lic or pri­vate agency with whom a minor has been placed by a court.
  5. Minor” means any per­son under eigh­teen (18) years of age.
  6. Oper­a­tor” means any indi­vid­ual, firm, asso­ci­a­tion, part­ner­ship, or cor­po­ra­tion oper­at­ing, man­ag­ing, or con­duct­ing any estab­lish­ment.  The term includes the mem­bers or part­ners of an asso­ci­a­tion or part­ner­ship and the offi­cers of a corporation.
  7. Par­ent” means a per­son who is: 
    • A nat­ur­al par­ent, adop­tive par­ent, or step­par­ent of anoth­er per­son; or
    • At least twen­­ty-one (21) years of age and autho­rized by a par­ent or guardian to have the care and cus­tody of a minor.
  8. 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.
  9. Remain” means to: 
    • linger or stay; or
    • 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.
  10. 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 remains in any pub­lic place or on the premis­es of any estab­lish­ment with­in the Coun­ty dur­ing cur­few hours.
  2. A par­ent or guardian of a minor com­mits an offense if he know­ing­ly per­mits, or by insuf­fi­cient con­trol allows, the minor to remain in any pub­lic place or on the premis­es of any estab­lish­ment with­in the Coun­ty dur­ing cur­few hours.
  3. The own­er, oper­a­tor or any employ­ee of an estab­lish­ment com­mits an offense if he know­ing­ly allows a minor to remain upon the premis­es of the estab­lish­ment dur­ing cur­few hours.

(C) Defens­es.

  1. It is a defense to pros­e­cu­tion under sub­sec­tion (B) that the minor was: 
    • Accom­pa­nied by the minor’s par­ent or guardian;
    • On an errand at the direc­tion of the minor’s par­ent or guardian, with­out any detour or stop;
    • In a motor vehi­cle involved in inter­state travel;
    • Engaged in an employ­ment activ­i­ty, or going to or return­ing home from an employ­ment activ­i­ty, with­out any detour or stop;
    • Involved in an emergency;
    • 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;
    • Attend­ing an offi­cial school, reli­gious, or oth­er recre­ation­al activ­i­ty super­vised by adults and spon­sored by the Coun­ty, a civ­il 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 the Coun­ty, a civic orga­ni­za­tion or anoth­er sim­i­lar enti­ty that takes respon­si­bil­i­ty for the minor;
    • Exer­cis­ing First Amend­ment rights pro­tect­ed by the Unit­ed States Con­sti­tu­tion, such as the free exer­cise or reli­gion, free­dom of speech, and the right of assem­bly; or
    • Mar­ried or had been mar­ried or is an eman­ci­pat­ed minor under the Eman­ci­pa­tion or Mature Minors Act, as amended.
  2. It is a defense to pros­e­cu­tion under sub­sec­tion (B)(3) that the own­er, oper­a­tor, or employ­ee of an estab­lish­ment prompt­ly noti­fied the police depart­ment that a minor was present on the premis­es of the estab­lish­ment dur­ing cur­few hours and refused to leave.

(D) Enforce­ment.  Before tak­ing any enforce­ment action under this Sec­tion, a police 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.  (See 65 ILCS 5/11–1‑5 and 720 ILCS 555/1)


(E)
Penal­ty.  Any per­son or per­sons con­vict­ed of a vio­la­tion of this Sec­tion shall be fined, upon con­vic­tion, not less than:

  1. Fifty Dol­lars ($50.00) for an ini­tial vio­la­tion of this Section;
  2. One Hun­dred Dol­lars ($100.00) for a sec­ond vio­la­tion of this Section;
  3. Two Hun­dred Dol­lars ($200.00) for all sub­se­quent vio­la­tions of this Section.