In Illinois, being absent from home without parental consent, being beyond the control of parents or guardians, refusing to return to home, being a minor subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 10 percent or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction in Illinois is 16, while the upper age for status offense jurisdiction in Illinois is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction in Illinois is not specified.
Status offense cases are classified as minors requiring authoritative intervention. The circuit court has jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.