Mandatory life-without-parole sentences for those under the age of 18 will soon be prohibited in Illinois.
A bill to eliminate such mandatory sentences for youth got Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature on Monday.
The legislation -- spearheaded by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) in the House, HB2471, and state Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) in the Senate, SB1830 -- will also give courts greater discretion in determining sentences for youth younger than 18.
The measure goes into effect on January 1.