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Illinois judges to be trained for in-school programs

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Illinois judges will undergo training to be able to present school programs that offer a positive image of the judiciary.

The Illinois Judges Association will conduct the training in Chicago on Jan. 26. It is presented by the association’s In-School Programs Committee.

The programs are aimed at kindergartners through high school students. For the youngest children, a judge reads the book “Abe Lincoln’s Hat.” It stokes interest in Lincoln and the law.

There’s a program for middle-school students to raise awareness about cyber-bullying and harassment, “sexting” and pornography.

Another program for middle- and high-school students addresses the dangers of underage drinking, drug-use and sex.

And juniors and seniors may attend a “courtroom in the classroom” session that uses media, skits and conservation to discuss Fourth Amendment rights in school.