juvenile detention Worst youth prison getting worse By Patrick Smith • Mar 26, 2015 Peoria Public Radio Experts say Illinois’ most troubled youth prison isn’t getting any better despite repeated assurances from state officials. Cook County demands Illinois pays for detaining state wards By Patrick Smith • Mar 16, 2015 Cook County leaders are sending the state of Illinois a big bill. They want the state to pay them back for the money they spend holding state wards in juvenile jail after a judge has said they’re free to go. Work continues on bill banning minors from receiving life sentences By Denise Molina • May 13, 2013 Illinois lawmakers continue to negotiate a bill to ban minors from receiving life sentences in prison. It comes nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional.