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The City Council recently amended the City’s curfew ordnance to match the City of Chicago’s ordinance. The new law is more stringent than the previous one, cutting an hour of evening free time from the ordinance and raising the minimum age for a person accompanying a minor after the curfew.
Under the new ordinance, minors (under the age of 17 years of age) must be accompanied by the minor’s parent, guardian or other responsible adult of at least 21 years of age during the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and during the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am on Friday and Saturday.
The maximum fine under the new Evanston curfew ordinance is $750. Parents or guardians of minors will be cited for violations of curfew if they allow minors to be out past curfew hours, as well owners, operators or employees of establishments who allow minors in the establishments past curfew.
The new ordinance allows several defenses – that the minor was on an errand, involved in an emergency or sitting on a neighbor’s sidewalk if the neighbor did not complain, as examples. Police Chief Richard Eddington said it will cost the City about $50,000 additional in resources to enforce the new curfew.