Young Adult Group Home May Get Zoning Change

By Shenoy, Rupa | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 18, 2007 | Go to article overview

Young Adult Group Home May Get Zoning Change


Shenoy, Rupa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Rupa Shenoy Daily Herald Staff Writer

Plans for a West Chicago group home for young adults who remain wards of the state got a boost this week when aldermen reconsidered a decision to keep out residents who are on probation for getting in trouble with the law.

Childserv, a Illinois Department of Children and Family Services contractor, wants to operate a transitional living facility in West Chicago that would house eight state wards who are 17 to 21 years old.

For that to happen, West Chicago needs to change its zoning ordinance. An amendment approved by the city's development committee allowed for the needed change, but specifically barred youths who are on probation.

That would have kept out many Childserv clients, said Jeanne Becker, director of the program evaluation for the agency. If the city won't allow youths on probation to live in the facility, Childserv will have to look elsewhere.

But some West Chicago aldermen on Monday said that not all wards on probation should be kept out.

"A significant number of juveniles are in the criminal justice process for reasons beyond those of a violent nature," said 1st Ward Alderman Lori Chassee.

First Ward Alderman James Beifuss, however, said he would be uncomfortable with Childserv housing wards on probation.

His was the only vote against sending the amendment back to the development committee on Feb. 12 for consideration of the probation language.

"I understand their concern and I'm pleased they're willing to look at a compromise," Becker said. …

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