Department of Juvenile Justice Mission: 

The mission of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is to enhance public safety and positive youth outcomes by providing strength-based individualized services to youth in a safe learning and treatment environment so that they may successfully reintegrate into their communities. 

Annual Report 

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice released its 2015 Annual Report.  The Annual Report provides an overview of IDJJ; where the Department has been and where it is headed.  Critical issues facing the Department are outlined, as well as changes underway to address them. 

Department Statistics

In March 2015, the IDJJ unveiled its comprehensive strategic plan focusing on five core principles:  right-size, rehabilitate, reintegrate, respect, and report.  The final principle, report, focuses on enhancing communications and management systems to strengthen operations, improve outcomes, increase public safety, and inform the public.  Visit the "Data & Reports" page to access Department statistics. 

  
 

Director's Office:

 

Acting Director - Jesse Montgomery

Acting Director Jesse Montgomery was previously named Deputy Director of Operations for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in 2014. Mr. Montgomery recently served as Executive Chief for the Illinois Department of Corrections.  His experience has covered the width and breadth of the Youth and Adult Correctional systems in Illinois over his twenty-six year career, from a front-line Correctional Officer at Joliet Correctional Center to Superintendent at Illinois Youth Center Joliet to various management positions within the Department of Corrections. 

 Mr. Montgomery’s experience gives him a unique and specialized understanding of juvenile justice as it has evolved from a punitive model to a rehabilitative mission-driven focus.  He is highly regarded amongst colleagues for his professionalism, and has been profiled by Washburn University in its criminal justice curriculum.
 
Acting Director Montgomery earned his Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Prairie State College and Bachelor’s Degree with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Governors State University. Mr. Montgomery is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.
 

Chief of Staff  - Michael Taylor

The Chief of Staff coordinates and reviews the Department's long-term goals and objectives, evaluates the efficiency of exisiting policies, procedures, and programs, and monitors compliance.  The Chief of Staff directs staff in the review and anaylsis of Department programs to ensure policy objectives are met.

Acting Deputy Director of Operations – 

The Deputy Director of Operations is responsible for the overall operations of all six youth facilities within the Department. The Deputy is responsible for all aspects relating to security, staffing, training, investigations and audits.

Deputy Director of Programs – Heidi Mueller

The Deputy Director of Programs serves as the principal policy-making official, conceptualizing, developing and implementing program services for the Department. The Deputy assists in the planning and coordination of goals and objectives, and formulates and executes policies and procedures for statewide programs and services that are evidence-based.

Deputy Director of Aftercare – Eva Moore

The Deputy Director of Aftercare exercises principal programmatic responsibility of the formulation and implementation of statewide aftercare policy for all juvenile community supervision, case management, public safety, family, and aftercares services.

Chief of Mental Health Services – Dr. Jennifer Jaworski

The Chief of Mental Health Services plans, organizes, directs and evaluates all mental health services for the Department to be implemented within the facilities. The Chief initiatives and directs the design and implementation of special treatment programs and all related programs for juveniles with special needs, and establishes professional standards for services and monitors compliance. The Chief implements effective screening and assessment methods to provide evidence-based case managed treatment services for behavioral health programming in all DJJ facilities.

School Superintendent – Gloria Davis

In consultation with the District School Board, the Superintendent develops, administers, and evaluates the statewide educational programs for juvenile facilities, including the academic, career, and technical education programs. The School Superintendent serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the DJJ School District #428.

Chief Legal Counsel – Marron Mahoney

The Chief Legal Counsel provides legal and policy advice on all matters which impact the Department, and directs all legal and policy work of the agency. The Counsel represents the agency on all legal matters with other government entities, including federal, other state, county and municipal offices to ensure that all actions, procedures and functions of the department comply with appropriate laws, rules, and regulations.

Chief of Professional Development & Training - Marna Goodman

The chief of professional development and training is responsible for developing, administering, and directing operations and activities for professional development and training within the agency; develops training programs, establishes policies, and formulates procedure which govern professional development and training needs and requirements for all employees.

Chief of Intergovernmental Relations – Aaron Harris

The Chief of Intergovernmental Relations coordinates and monitors legislation that impacts the department, assists in drafting legislation, and advises the Department on the status of legislation. The Chief educates and communicates with legislators on juvenile justice activities and policies.

Labor Relations Administrator - Todd Creviston

Labor Relations is responsible for monitoring and assisting with the implementation of the various Union Contracts that cover Department employees.  Labor Relations represents the Department at contract negotiations, 3rd level grievance hearings, Civil Service Commission hearings, and coordinates arbritrations with Central Managment Service attorneys.  Labor Relations also liaisons with other state entities regarding labor relations issues. 

Illinois Youth Center Superintendents

At each of the six Illinois Youth Centers, the Superintendents plan, develop, organize, control, direct, and manage the programs and operations of each of the Youth Centers. The Superintendents are responsible for the operational effectiveness of the facility and the overall care and custody of youth.

  • Illinois Youth Center Chicago – Superintendent Olukayode Idowu
  • Illinois Youth Center Kewanee – Acting Superintendent Shellie Hilgendorf
  • Illinois Youth Center Harrisburg – Superintendent William Peyton
  • Illinois Youth Center Pere Marquette – Superintendent Jamie House
  • Illinois Youth Center St. Charles – Acting Superintendent Christine Rothwell
  • Illinois Youth Center Warrenville – Superintendent Judy Davis

IDJJ Procurement

All procurements let by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice that exceed Small Purchase threshold and are subject to the Procurement Code may be viewed on the “Illinois Bid” section of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. Please click on the link below to access the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.

Illinois Procurement Bulletin