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17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURTState of IllinoisCounties of Winnebago and Boone2020 Annual ReportTrial Court Administration OfficeWinnebago County Courthouse400 West State Street, Room 215Rockford, Illinois 61101www.17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov

Mission StatementA Message from the Chief JudgeJudges of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit CourtTrial Court Administration StaffAbout the Seventeenth CircuitOrganizational ChartCourt Locations2233556OperationsJudicial AssignmentsTrial Court AdministrationCourt Reporting ServicesCourt BailiffsJury CommissionPublic Defender’s OfficeLaw Library & Self-Help CentersAlternative Dispute Resolution Center778899101011Problem-Solving CourtsTherapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) CourtDrug CourtVeterans CourtFamily Recovery CourtYouth Recovery Court121212121313Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts14Department of Court ServicesWinnebago County Adult Probation DivisionWinnebago County Juvenile Probation DivisionBoone County Probation DepartmentWinnebago County Pretrial Services DivisionWinnebago County Juvenile Detention CenterResource Intervention Center (RIC)16161717181819Court Programs and ActivitiesJudicial Speakers BureauSmall Claims Mediation ProgramFamily Mediation ProgramCourt-Annexed Major Civil MediationNational Adoption Day202020202021Justice Partner CollaborationsFamily Violence Coordinating CouncilCriminal Justice Coordinating CouncilThe Kids’ PlaceVolunteer Therapy Dog ProgramDomestic Violence Assistance CenterChildren’s Safe Harbor222222232323242020 Court Statistics251

Mission StatementThe mission of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court is to serve the publicby providing access to a fair and efficient system of justicein accordance with the law.A Message from the Chief JudgeHon. Eugene G. DohertyThe judges and court staff within the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit are vested with animportant responsibility. It is our job, guided by the rule of law, to ensure access tojustice, due process, and procedural fairness to all who come before the court. Werecognize the importance of these responsibilities and are humbled by the trust andconfidence placed in us by the community we serve.The achievements of the Seventeenth Circuit Court during 2020 are summarized inthis Annual Report. This has been a year without precedent. The COVID-19pandemic required fast and dramatic changes in how we do business in order to helpour community contain the spread. With selective shutdown/slowdown of activitieswhen required, as well as increased reliance on virtual court proceedings, we camethrough it without missing a beat.Thank you for your interest in the Seventeenth Circuit Court.Eugene G. Doherty2

Judges of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit CourtAs of December 31, 2020Circuit JudgesHon. Eugene G. Doherty,Chief Judge & Supervising Judge of Arbitration and Foreclosure MediationHon. Lisa R. FabianoPresiding Judge of the Civil DivisionHon. Gwyn Gulley,Presiding Judge of the Family DivisionHon. Janet R. Holmgren,Presiding Judge of Juvenile Courts Division & the Problem-Solving Courts DivisionHon. John LowrySupervising Judge of the Winnebago County Juvenile Courts DivisionHon. Brendan A. MaherHon. Joseph G. McGrawPresiding Judge of the Criminal DivisionHon. C. Robert TobinPresiding Judge of Boone CountyHon. Ronald J. WhiteHon. Kathryn E. Zenoff,Assigned to the 2nd District Appellate CourtAssociate JudgesHon. Donald P. Shriver,Administrative Associate JudgeHon. Stephen E. BaloghHon. Joseph J. BruceHon. Ronald A. BarchHon. John T. GibbonsHon. Jennifer CliffordHon. Donna R. HonzelHon. Mary Linn GreenHon. Phillip J. NicolosiHon. Francis M. MartinezHon. Debra SchaferHon. Steven NordquistHon. Ryan A. SwiftHon. John H. YoungTrial CourtHon. Randy Wilt,PresidingAdministrationStaff Judge of the DomesticViolence Coordinated Courts3

Winnebago County Courthouse400 West State Street, Room 215Rockford, Illinois 61101815-319-4806Thomas R. Jakeway,Trial Court AdministratorMichael Smith,Deputy Court AdministratorKimberly Ackmann,Deputy Court AdministratorKelly Rohrer,Administrative AssistantKathleen L. Fink,Administrative Assistant to the Chief JudgeNina Ferris,Administrative SecretaryKristine Gibbons,Boone County Court Operations AssistantBeverly Goodson,Administrative SecretaryKelsey SchorschAdministrative SecretaryMonica Minnis,Language Access FacilitatorMargaret Mujica-Ruiz,Boone County Language Access FacilitatorMyriam HendrixCourt Interpreter, Winnebago CountyKelly Johnson,Court Reporting Services SupervisorProblem-Solving CourtsNatasha Houi,Emily Behnke,Deputy Administrator ofProblem-Solving CourtsSenior Database AssistantMeg Rasmussen and Morgan Wandell,Database AssistantsAlternative Dispute ResolutionChristine Hawley,Arbitration AdministratorCatherine KosekAdministrative AssistantDomestic Violence Coordinated CourtsNikki Ticknor,Project ManagerAnna Grzelak,Abuse in Later Life Project CoordinatorKelsey HartImproving Criminal Justice Response toDomestic Violence Grant ManagerTeresa McMahon,Case Docket Resource Coordinator4

About the Seventeenth CircuitThe Illinois Constitution of 1970 (Article 4) provides for a unified, three tiered judiciaryconsisting of Circuit Courts, Appellate Courts, and a Supreme Court. The highest court in theState is the Illinois Supreme Court. The Illinois Appellate Court is the second tier of thejudiciary. The Appellate Court is divided into five Judicial Districts. The Seventeenth JudicialCircuit and five other circuits comprise the Second Judicial District of the Appellate Court.Currently, one circuit judge from Winnebago County, the Honorable Kathryn E. Zenoff, serveson the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District by assignment.The first tier of the judiciary is the Circuit Court, which is the trial court level. The State ofIllinois is divided into twenty-three Judicial Circuits, including our Seventeenth Judicial Circuitwhich is comprised of both Winnebago County and Boone County.In the Circuit Court there are two types of Judges: Circuit Judges and Associate Judges. TheSeventeenth Judicial Circuit has eleven Circuit Judges and fifteen Associate Judges. CircuitJudges are elected by popular vote for an initial six-year term. Thereafter, every six-yearsCircuit Judges must run for retention. The Circuit Judges elect a Chief Judge to provideadministrative guidance to the entire circuit. The Circuit Judges also appoint and vote to retainAssociate Judges based on four year terms. Associate Judges may hear all types of cases,except felony matters which require prior authorization from the Illinois Supreme Court.Organizational Chart5

Court LocationsWinnebago County Courthouse400 West State StreetRockford, Illinois 61101Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center650 West State StreetRockford, Illinois 61102Winnebago County Juvenile Justice Center211 South Court StreetRockford, Illinois 61101Boone County Courthouse601 North Main StreetBelvidere, Illinois 61008Alternative Dispute Resolution Center308 West State Street, Suite 25Rockford, Illinois 611016

OperationsJudicial AssignmentsAdministrationWinnebago Co. – 209Winnebago Co. – 314Hon. Eugene G. DohertyHon. Donald P. ShriverAppellate Court – Second DistrictHon. Kathryn E. Zenoffc/o Second District Appellate Court55 Symphony WayElgin, Illinois 60120Civil DivisionWinnebago Co. – 412Winnebago Co. – 311Boone Co.–3Winnebago Co. – 209Winnebago Co. – 426Winnebago Co. – 314Hon. Lisa FabianoHon. Stephen E. BaloghHon. Ronald A. BarchHon. Eugene G. DohertyHon. Donna R. HonzelHon. Donald P. ShriverCriminal DivisionWinnebago Co. – AWinnebago Co. – 467Winnebago Co. -- 315Winnebago Co. – DWinnebago Co. -- CWinnebago Co. – 317Winnebago Co. - 125Boone Co.–1Winnebago Co. – 316Winnebago Co. – 478Boone Co.–2Hon. Joseph G. McGrawHon. Jennifer CliffordHon. John T. GibbonsHon. Brendan A. MaherHon. Phillip J. NicolosiHon. Debra D. SchaferHon. Ryan A. SwiftHon. C. Robert TobinHon. Ronald J. WhiteHon. Randy WiltHon. John H. YoungFamily DivisionWinnebago Co. – 451Winnebago Co. – 455Winnebago Co. – 216Winnebago Co. – 459Hon. Gwyn GulleyHon. Joseph P. BruscatoHon. Joseph J. BruceHon. Steven L. NordquistJuvenile & Problem-Solving Courts DivisionWinnebago Co. – 217Winnebago Co. – JJC 1Winnebago Co. – JJC 2Winnebago Co. – JJC 3Hon. Janet R. HolmgrenHon. John S. LowryHon. Mary Linn GreenHon. Francis M. Martinez7

Trial Court AdministrationThomas R. Jakeway, Trial Court AdministratorThe Trial Court Administration Office supports the judges of the Seventeenth Circuit Court.The office is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the courtrooms, technologymanagement, information management, budgeting/fiscal matters and project leadership. TheCourt Administration staff works under the supervision and direction of the Chief Judge.Court Administration is dedicated to ensuring equal and timely access to the court and relatedservices, conducting performance measurement for purposes of continuous improvement, andmaintaining a safe and secure work environment. Court Administration is also activelyinvolved in grant administration, media and public relations, judicial internship programs, andweb-site management.Court Reporting ServicesKelly Johnson, Court Reporter SupervisorCourt Reporting Services employees are responsible formaking a full reporting of the courtroom proceedingspresented in the trial court. It is the duty of the stenographiccourt reporter to record verbatim all that is said during everycourt proceeding to which he or she is assigned.Presently there are a total of nineteen court reporters assigned to the 17th Judicial CircuitCourt. Winnebago County maintains a staff of fourteen Official Court Reporters and threeCourt Specialists. Boone County maintains a staff of two Official Court Reporters. Our courtreporters are assigned to courtrooms on a rotating schedule to evenly distribute workloadsand transcript volume. All Official Court Reporters are Certified Shorthand Reporters licensedby the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) has installed digital electronic recordingequipment in all of the courtrooms in both Winnebago and Boone Counties. All civilcourtrooms and select felony courtrooms are currently using the digital electronic recording asthe official record. All of the Court Reporting Services employees are to be trained andcertified by the AOIC to operate this equipment.8

Court BailiffsKelly Jurmu, Deputy Chief BailiffThe Bailiffs of the 17th Judicial Circuit serve a vitalfunction for our courts. Currently, there are twentytwo full time Bailiffs, and one Deputy Chief Bailiff inWinnebago County. The Deputy Chief Bailiff isresponsible for work assignments, scheduling, andtraining. In addition, the Deputy Chief Bailiff actsas a liaison with other stakeholders in the courtsystem such as the Winnebago County Sheriff’sOffice and the City of Rockford Police Department.Bailiffs maintain order within the courtrooms andaid their assigned judges as needed during courtproceedings, both in-person and in virtualhearings. Bailiffs monitor daily court schedules andaid in coordinating the appearance of attorneys,litigants, interpreters, inmates and the public. Asprimary points of contact within the court system,bailiffs help to promote access to justice byanswering questions and helping individuals while within the courthouse.In Boone County, the bailiffs are part of the Boone County Sheriff’s staff and are under thesupervision of the Sheriff.Jury CommissionColleen L. Kruse, Clerk of the Jury CommissionTrial by jury is a fundamental part of the American system of justice, and is a right guaranteedunder the constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois. Topreserve this right it is essential that the court establish and maintain a well-functioningsystem for the selection and utilization of jurors. Under Illinois law, every county with apopulation in excess of 40,000 must establish a Jury Commission consisting of three JuryCommissioners appointed by the circuit judges of the court. Each Jury Commissioner servesfor a three year term. The day-to-day operation of the jury system in the Winnebago CountyCourthouse is administered through the Office of the Jury Commission under the direction ofthe Clerk of the Jury Commission, Colleen L. Kruse.This office is responsible for the selection and summoning of prospective jurors and themanagement of jurors during their term of service. Illinois law requires that the names ofprospective jurors be randomly drawn from a combined list of registered voters; Illinois driver’slicense holders 18 years of age and older; Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card holders;Illinois Identification Card holders and claimants for unemployment insurance. During 2020,15,105 citizens were summoned for jury service in Winnebago County. Of this number, 2,063appeared as instructed and 1,218 were directed to courtrooms for jury selection. There were atotal of 29 jury trials.9

Public Defender’s OfficeDavid Doll, Winnebago County Public DefenderCarie Poirier, Boone County Public DefenderThe Public Defender’s Office provides legal representation to individuals found to be indigentby the Court.In Winnebago County, thirty-four staff attorney positions and eleven support staff handle adultfelony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases; juvenile delinquency cases, and represent parents inabuse and neglect cases. The Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office also staffs theproblem-solving courts including the Therapeutic Intervention Program, Adult Drug Court,Family Recovery Court, Veterans Court, and Youth Recovery Court.The Boone County office consists of four attorneys, two full-time support staff and a part-timesupport staff person. The Boone County Public Defender’s Office handles adult felony,misdemeanor, and traffic cases; juvenile delinquency cases, and represent parents in abuseand neglect cases. The Public Defender also represents all unrepresented persons whoappear in custody for bond court, and extradition matters. The office staffs two problemsolving courts: the Youth Recovery Court and the Adult Drug Court.The Public Defender provides a highly competent level of legal representation through theefforts of a staff possessing the greatest concentration of criminal defense experience in thearea and a firm belief in the principle that every person is entitled to a fair hearing regardlessof their ability to pay.Law Library & Self-Help CentersBrian L. Buzard, Law Library Director / Research AttorneyThe Winnebago County Law Library is located on the third floor ofthe Winnebago County Courthouse. The Boone County LawLibrary is located on the second floor of the Boone CountyCourthouse. Both law libraries are available to serve the publicduring regular courthouse hours. Winnebago County has a full time Law Library Director whomaintains the library collection, answers questions and assists the Judges in legal researchprojects. Free public access Westlaw terminals are available in both facilities for computerassisted legal research.Legal Self-Help Centers are located within each of the law libraries. These facilities makeinformation available on Illinois law and court procedures for individuals who are unable toretain the services of an attorney for representation in court. Internet based resource materialsare available through a partnership with Illinois Legal Aid Online. Self-Help Center Navigatorsare present during normal working hours to assist individuals with computer and printresources. The Winnebago County Legal Self-Help Center was opened in May 2007. Incalendar year 2020, the Winnebago County Legal Self-Help Center provided assistance toover 5,053 individuals. The Boone County Self-Help Center was opened in May 2008. In2020, the Boone County Self-Help Center provided legal information and forms to over 228individuals.Both Legal Self-Help Centers are computer based allowing some materials to be accessed viathe Seventeenth Circuit Court Webpage at www.17thcircuit.illinoiscourts.gov.10

Alternative Dispute Resolution CenterChristine Hawley, Arbitration AdministratorMandatory Arbitration was instituted as a pilotprogram in Winnebago County in the fall of 1987making it the oldest court-annexed arbitrationprogram in the state. The Boone County programbegan in February 1995. All civil actions that arefiled seeking money damages in excess of 10,000.00, but not greater than 50,000.00, are automatically assigned to non-bindingmandatory arbitration. Additionally, all small claims cases with a timely filed jury demand aretransferred into the arbitration program. Our Alternative Dispute Resolution Center operatesthis program to help relieve crowded court dockets and to reduce the length and cost oflitigation of modest-sized claims through the arbitration process. Pursuant to Illinois SupremeCourt Rules, these arbitration cases involve less formal discovery procedures and a hearingbefore a panel of three trained attorney arbitrators. If any party is not satisfied with the awardmade by the arbitrators after the hearing they have a right to reject the award and proceed totrial before a judge.The day-to-day management of the program is the responsibility of the ArbitrationAdministrator with the assistance of one part-time secretary. The Arbitration Administrator isresponsible for tracking the progress and maintaining statistics on all arbitration cases filed inWinnebago and Boone Counties, as well as maintaining a list of approved attorney-arbitrators,and for securing the service of these arbitrators for hearings. In addition to the arbitrationprogram, the Administrator also tracks all major law division cases that have been courtreferred to mediation and makes parties aware that the ADR Center is available for holdingtheir mediations. The Alternative Dispute Center is located in Stewart Square in Rockford,approximately one-half block east of the Winnebago County Courthouse.11

Problem-Solving CourtsTherapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) CourtThe Winnebago County Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) wasinstituted in 2005 and is designed for adults with a serious mental illnesswho have been arrested for misdemeanor or felony offenses. The goal is todecrease reoccurring arrest, decrease days in jail, and increase access and participation inservices, so as to enhance public safety by reducing the likelihood that a person will reoffend.TIP is strictly a voluntary program where participants receive wrap around services whichinclude intensive case management services, mental health treatment, substance abusetreatment, housing assistance, trauma therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy while underrigorous judicial monitoring and accountability.Drug CourtThe Winnebago County Drug Court was established in 1996. The Boone County Drug Courtwas established in 2013. Our Drug Courts were established to help rebuild the lives ofindividuals who are charged with felony offenses and suffer from underlying substance usedisorder. Drug Court represents the combined efforts of justice and treatment professionals inactively intervening and breaking the cycle of substance abuse, crime, delinquency, and childmaltreatment. Drug Court participants undergo an intensive regimen of substance abusetreatment, case management, drug testing, supervision and monitoring, and immediatesanctions and incentives while regularly reporting to scheduled court hearings before a judgepresiding in the Drug Court program. The overall benefit to individuals recovering fromsubstance abuse problems are immeasurable, including but not limited to improvingrelationships with their families, increased self-esteem, better health and heightened likelihoodfor employment and educational success.Veterans CourtThe Veteran’s Court in Winnebago County was established in January 2012to respond to the unique needs of justice involved veterans who are eligiblefor VA benefits. This specialty court is unique in that veterans are able to participate in thecourt with pending and post plea charges. Case management is provided by a Veteran’sJustice Outreach Specialist who works through the Department of Veterans Affairs inMadison, WI. Veterans are linked with a variety of services available through Veteran’s Affairsin Rockford and in Madison, WI.12

Family Recovery CourtThe 17th Circuit Court established a Family Recovery Court in the Winnebago County JuvenileAbuse and Neglect Court in December 2009. FRC is a specialized program designed toassist families where at least one parent’s substance abuse was the cause of involvement inthe child welfare system. Wrap around services are given to the entire family which includesubstance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, housing assistance, trauma therapy andthe participants are subject to judicial monitoring and accountability. The goal is to assist theparent(s) to recovery in order that their children can safely remain in their care and end theirinvolvement in the child welfare system and juvenile court.Youth Recovery CourtThe Youth Recovery Court (YRC) spans both Winnebago and Boone County and is the firstjuvenile mental health court in Illinois. The Youth Recovery Court was created to serve youthinvolved with juvenile delinquency court in Winnebago County with non-violent offenses, ages10 – 17, who have a mental illness or co-occurring disorder. The program provides intensivecase management, priority and specialized services and court oversight. Winnebago CountyJuvenile Probation, Boone County Juvenile Probation, and Rosecrance clinicians provideintensive, home-based therapeutic interventions, while under judicial monitoring.13

Domestic Violence Coordinated CourtsEstablished in 2012 with a grant award from the Department of Justice/Office on ViolenceAgainst Women, the 17th Judicial Circuit Winnebago County Domestic Violence CoordinatedCourt (DVCC) has continued to operate with an enhanced focus on victim safety and offenderaccountability. The DVCC is comprised of a dedicated domestic violence criminal court and adedicated domestic violence civil court, which adjudicate all levels and types of intimatepartner related criminal and civil cases. Grant funds support victim advocacy within the courtsetting, offender accountability and compliance monitoring practices, and provide intensivetraining to judicial and court staff. To date, the DVCC has heard over 11,000 intimate partnerdomestic violence cases.Justice for Families (JFF) Grant ProgramThe Winnebago County 17th Judicial Circuit Court has received multiple grants since 2011 toestablish, enhance and expand the work of the DVCC. The Department of Justice/Office onViolence Against Women’s Justice for Families grant program supports the work of theDomestic Violence Coordinated Courts through providing funds to support administrative staff,victim advocates, legal assistance, and training. Current Justice for Families grant goals andobjectives include increasing access to justice for limited-English proficient litigants;enhancing legal services for pro-se litigants, and increasing focus on the intersection ofdomestic violence within stalking, human trafficking, and juvenile court populations.Domestic Violence Mentor Court InitiativeThe 17th Judicial Circuit Court Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts have served as anationally recognized Domestic Violence Mentor Court since 2014. This recognition hasallowed the 17th Judicial Circuit DVCC to host several site visits from jurisdictions across thecountry interested in creating or enhancing their own Domestic Violence Court. As a MentorCourt, the DVCC shares its specialized practices and procedures with courts and technicalassistance providers nationwide.Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence,Sexual Assault, and Stalking (ICJR) Grant ProgramThe 17th Judicial Circuit Court is a recipient of the Improving Criminal Justice Responses toDomestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (ICJR) grant program fromthe Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women. The ICJR grant programsupports the work of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Court through its focus on victimsafety, offender accountability, coordinated community response, and specialized training.The ICJR grant program seeks to identify gaps and develop improved responses to violationof protective orders to improve victim safety and offender accountability, strengthen advocacyservices, and coordinate training for prosecution and other members of our community’scoordinated community response to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.14

Enhancing Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life (ALL) GrantProgramWinnebago County is a recipient of the Enhancing Training and Services to End Abuse inLater Life (ALL) grant program from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence AgainstWomen. This grant program addressed elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, includingdomestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, against victims who are 50years of age or older. Goals of this grant program include establishing a coordinatedcommunity response to address victimization in later life, training for law enforcement,prosecutors, victim service providers, and courts, and victim advocacy for victims of abuse inlater life.Multi-Disciplinary Teams and a Coordinated Community ResponseThe Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts and its related initiatives participate in a widerange of Multi-Disciplinary Teams and Coordinated Community Responses focused on endingfamily and intimate partner violence. These teams include the Strangulation Task Force,Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, Abuse in Later Life Coordinated CommunityResponse Team, Protection Order Violation and Enforcement Team, Victim Safety andSecurity Committee, and the City of Rockford Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence andHuman Trafficking.15

Department of Court ServicesDeb Jarvis, Director of Court ServicesThe Department of Court Services supervises individualsinvolved in our criminal justice system. By incorporating corevalues of integrity, respect, accountability, fairness andprofessionalism, Court Services strives to promote communitysafety, reduce recidivism and improve the quality of life foroffenders.Court Services is comprised of an Adult Probation Division,Juvenile Probation Division, Juvenile Detention Division andPre-Trial Division. Additionally, the department operates theResource Intervention Center which enables communityservice agencies to provide much needed services to the adultoffender under one roof.Winnebago County Adult Probation DivisionLorraine Dixon, Deputy DirectorThe mission of the Adult Probation Division is to serve the court, reduce recidivism, facilitatepositive change and promote community safety in Winnebago County. Probation officers areable to accomplish this mission through skilled and targeted supervision in collaboration withthe court and community service providers. Probation officers also monitor court-orderedconditions which could be remedial (public service, restitution); punitive (incarceration, finesand court costs); or rehabilitative (counseling, community assistance programs).Winnebago County Adult Probation supervised an average of 2,725 offenders in 2020. AdultProbation employs a Deputy Director, three Supervisors, thirty-three Probation Officers, andfive support staff. This division of Court Services consists of the following units: Assessment Unit Inter/Intra-State Transfer Unit General Unit Presentence Investigation Unit Domestic Violence Unit Public Service Work Unit Drug Court Unit Sex-Offender Unit DUI Unit (Court Supervision/Conditional Discharge) Specialized Supervision Unit Therapeutic Intervention Program (“TIP Unit”- mental health cases)Winnebago County Adult Probation Officers utilize Illinois Probation Casework Standards,which consists of an intake process and case management. After being sentenced toprobation, clients complete the Adult Risk Assessment (ARA) with a probation officers. TheARA tool identifies the client’s problem/need areas, risk levels, barriers, and strengths.Following the completion of the ARA, the supervising officer provides feedback to the client byapplying Core Correctional Practices and by developing an individualized case plan.Throughout a client’s term of probation, officers utilize supervision strategies, which includefollowing the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts’ contact standards, behavioral changemanagement, and structured sessions to reduce recidivism. Officers also adhere to the Risk,Need, Responsivity Model and incorporate Evidenced Based Practices when working withclients.16

Winnebago County Juvenile Probation DivisionTaryn Marko, Deputy DirectorThe Winnebago County Juvenile Probation Department provides services and supervision foryouth arrested for delinquent behavior. Our mission is to provide for a safer community, tohelp reduce juvenile delinquency, and to promote quality services to all youth, victims, andfamilies.The Winnebago County Juvenile Probation Department employs a Deputy Director, fourSupervisors, eighteen full–time Probation Officers, and two support staff. Juvenile Probationconsists of both an Intake Unit and a Field Unit. The Intake Unit utilizes early interventionstrategies that include substantive probation adjustments and informal supervision to addressissues and divert certain youth from the Juvenile Justice System while holding the youthaccountable for their behavior. In 2020, there were approximately 115 probation adjustmentsas well as 23 minors who were placed on informal supervision. The Field Unit providessupervision and case management to minors assigned to probation. A probation term mayinvolve treatment referrals and counseling, various community-based programming, publicservice work, restitu

Hon. John T. Gibbons Hon. Phillip J. Nicolosi Hon. Debra Schafer Hon. Randy Wilt, Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts Donald P. Shriver, Administrative Associate Judge Hon. Ronald A. Barch Hon. Jennifer Clifford Hon. Mary Linn Green Hon. Francis M. Martinez Hon. Steven Nordqui

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