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If you’re under 21 and have been convicted of a crime, you might wind up serving time in the juvenile justice system instead of an adult jail. Illinois state lawmakers are considering a measure that would raise the system's age limit from 18 to no more than 20.

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Civil asset forfeiture — when the government can take property even without charging someone with a crime — has been the target of attacks by civil libertarians. Law enforcement, on the other hand, has defended the practice.

Brian Mackey brings us this look at how the debate is playing out in Illinois.

A version of this story was broadcast June 7, 2016 on Illinois Edition.

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Critics of Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s proposal to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a ticketable offense consider the bill a first step toward the state making possession of the drug legal.

House Bill 218, introduced by the Chicago Democrat, calls for possession of 30 grams of cannabis to be reduced to a civil — instead of criminal — offense, punishable by issuance of a ticket and a fine of up to $125.

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This story first appeared as Illinois Issues' State of the State column in the October 2014 edition of the magazine.