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IL: Sex Offenders May Be Banned From Illinois County Fairs

A bill under consideration would ban registered sex offenders from going to county fairs.

“There is a loophole in the current sex offender law that says you can’t work at the county fairs or you can’t be a vendor at the county fairs, but you can attend them,” Illinois State Representative Mike Smiddy told News 8′s Angie Sharp on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014.

State Rep. Smiddy heard about the loophole following the 2013 Whiteside County Fair. The State’s Attorney for Whiteside County called him and explained an instance where a Whiteside County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed a convicted sex offender around children at the fair. However, he wasn’t able to do anything, because it’s not against the law. Full Article

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  1. j

    Was he taking his kids there to enjoy what life has to offer?

    Unless he was banned as part of supervised release, it should be of absolutely no consequence other than that person that noticed him there to stay away from him and
    not harass him or interfere with the registrant’s rights.

  2. j

    Police and public officials need to underscore the purpose of the law is not to further admonish registrants but to have the general population make informed decisions such as avoiding this person if they choose. Our pastor tried to get this point across in sermons in general terms. He is not the pastor anymore. Apparently cafeteria christianity is in vogue…

    • Tim

      What do you propose? Putting signs on parolees who go to the fair? Announce it on the loud speaker?

      • j

        If a parolee is there breaking the conditions of his release, then he deserves what he gets. If he is there with permission, then he should not have any interference with his enjoyment of the events and surroundings.

        I don’t see that the current law bars any registrant who is not on supervised release, from attending the fair and enjoying himself with the same rights as everyone else.

        If I have overlooked some key facts in the article that suggest otherwise, my mistake.

  3. Brubaker

    The dumb public employee really is saying the free citizen did NOTHING to assault another person…….thanks for reporting info that defends fundamental rights …buford.

    • Brubaker

      If fundamental rights are a ‘loop hole’ as illnoise is really whitewashing the issue……they maybe have to label (they do that) the Constitution as a ‘loophole’…..at least everyone knows out front where you stand to human rights…fundamental rights.

      • Tim

        The Constitution wasn’t a loophole, until the Extreme Court made one for the Registry in 2003, saying registry requirements are not after the fact punishment.

        • Brubaker

          The playing field or the landscape today…is in no way what was in the early 2000’s….not even close….now they have crossed the line by a Grand Canyon with the restrictions (punishment ) discrimination ….putting people in double jeopardy …other Constitutional violations apply..its so reckless they might owe us half the state.

  4. j

    This article and virtually all others never inform the public that the term SO as it applies in most cases regarding sanctions, is applied to persons on supervised release. It lumps in everyone regardless of how many decades their cases have been closed. Never once does the media step up to clear that up – that probably 10% of the registrants (or less) are actually on parole or probation and subject to most of the ‘permission’ presences.

    The media is just as much to blame as the idiot politicians that put these draconian laws – based on invalid assumptions – in place.

    • Joe

      Where do you get that from – that this will only apply to those on Parole or Probation?

      The section to be amended starts with “It is unlawful for a child sex offender…”

      http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/98/HB/09800HB4280.htm

      The definition for “child sex offender” is as follows: “”Child sex offender” means any person who:” … “has been charged under Illinois law, or any substantially similar federal law or law of another state, with a sex offense set forth in paragraph (2) of this subsection (d) or the attempt to commit an included sex offense, and the victim is a person under 18 years of age at the time of the offense; and:(A) is convicted of such offense or an attempt to commit such offense; …” 11-9.3(d)

      http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=072000050HArt%2E+11&ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=14300000&SeqEnd=20800000

      The way I read it, it not only applies to ALL registrants, in-or-out-of-state, but also those from Illinois or states with a limited registration period who are no longer required to register after their 10, 15, 25 year registration period, or those who were removed for some reason.

  5. JWM

    Maybe they should ban kid’s from the fair, that way it would protect them all from RSO’s that attend. It would be simpler that way you can tell who is a kid or not,just by looking at them. But you can’t tell a RSO just by looking at them

  6. Lance Mitaro

    There is a loophole in the current sex offender law that says you can’t work at the county fairs or you can’t be a vendor at the county fairs, but you can attend them,”

    I find this statement hilarious and perplexing considering Megan’s Law IS a gigantic LOOPHOLE in the U.S Constitution that circumvents the privacy, safety and security of an individual for fleeting psychological comfort in knowing where one of “those people” lives.

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