The Juvenile Division prosecutes every case in the county in which a person under the age of 18 is charged with a crime other than a traffic offense. The penalties in such cases range from probation to detention in the River Valley Juvenile Justice Center, or in the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Department of Juvenile Justice for the more serious cases. The Juvenile Division participates in the victim-sensitive interviews at the Child Advocacy Center with the Multi-Disciplinary Team when the allegations involve a juvenile.
The Juvenile Division’s assistant state’s attorneys also protect our young people by prosecuting parents who have abused or neglected their children. In the most serious of these cases, prosecutors file petitions asking the court to terminate the parental rights of abusive parents, allowing the children to be adopted into loving, caring homes.
The State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to assisting juveniles and their parents in navigating difficult times. The office helps parents keep their children out of trouble by offering information about and referrals to various social service agencies and support services. The Juvenile Division has a full-time victim advocate available to assist victims through the criminal process.
Filipiak was named State’s Attorney of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission in 2010 and was recognized in 2018 by the Illinois Juvenile Officer’s Association for Distinguished Service. She is a graduate of Saint Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota.