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IL: Starting over – Task force examining sex offender laws

At the end of June, ____ ____ will mark the 20th anniversary of two life-changing milestones: the year he was convicted at 21 of sexually abusing a teenage girl, and two decades without an arrest for another sex offense.

____ spent 60 days in jail and served two years’ probation for aggravated criminal sexual abuse in 1997. His identity also was included on a statewide sex offender registry for 10 years. Removal from the registry made it easier for ____ to start over in the community.

But in November 2011, ____ attendance at his son’s Boy Scout meeting at a District 87 school landed him back in the criminal justice system and onto the state registry — this time for life. Full Article

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This is a very good article in our favor! Very nice to see. I really like that they (obliquely) mention the 80% lie from 30 years ago and then give more recent, correct information on recidivism. Even more pleasing is that they are looking at risk-based assessment instead of the “alphabetical listing” that’s the norm across the spectrum. I find it highly ironic that the same IL county (McLean) that has a case pending for cert with SCOTUS also has their State’s Attorney (DA) on the State Task Force to look into changing their draconian SOR laws. That IL, which… Read more »

Maybe you can clarify one thing. The RC in the article was off the registry after 10 years. After that he appears to be arrested for attending a boy scout meeting. So in Illinois, you can be off the registry and still have presence restrictions against you? Then you are not really off, or what? Very confusing.

All Illinois restrictions apply for life if you are convicted of a sex offense involving a minor. Under current laws they aren’t tied to registration and in fact aren’t part of the registration law.

Here’s a summary of IL laws:
http://www.ilvoices.com/il-law-summary.html

Most of the restrictions are listed in 720 ILCS 5/11-9.3 and 9.4-1, the registration law is in 730 ILCS 150 and the community notification law is listed in 730 ILCS 152.

That’s interesting, but in some ways it makes sense. Here in California the restrictions apply to those on the registry, and the registry is based on the offense. In Illinois, the restrictions are based directly on the offense.
In California, the registry is the vehicle to implement further restrictions. If you get rid of it, all the restrictions would go. In Illinois, if you somehow were able to abolish registration, the restrictions would still be there.

Yes. In IL the presence and residency restrictions apply to ‘all convicted’ of crimes not ‘those required to register’. I was off the registry when my oldest was 4 but still unable to go to parks, playgrounds, hiking trails or dog parks (if owned by a city-which they all are in IL). I also couldn’t go near school ground without prior written consent from the school super intendent or school board and then you have to be escorted. Legally you have to be able to attend conferences but you need to tell them in advance and be escorted. They can… Read more »

@Marie Holy sh*t, to say the least! How have these blatantly unconstitutional items gone unchallenged in the courts? I’d get in touch with the Chicago law firm that took down Pleasant Prairie, WI, and see if they’re up for this BS. Where’s ACLU-IL on this? Can’t take pictures? Can’t be in ANY publicly own venue, ever? Can’t be anywhere anyone under 18 is or may be? I’m truly, literally shaking my head in disbelief (though I do believe you)! Wow, wow, wow. If any situation calls for a Bill of Attainder suit, this one sure does. And that’s coming from… Read more »

The park ban was struck down by a state appellate court but the state is appealing to the IL Supreme Court. We are waiting now for the state to file its brief sometime in the next 4 weeks.

The attorneys suing in Wisconsin have brought 3 suits against the state of IL and will probably be filing more:
http://www.ilvoices.com/legal.html

The law regarding pictures says this:
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/documents/072000050K11-24.htm
It is legal for a child sex offender in IL to take a photo of a minor if he/she has the consent of the parent or guardian of that minor.

Thank you for the clarification. They basically don’t want you to have a life. I am so sorry.
I used to love going to the Museum of Science and Industry and seeing the fountain as a kid visiting my cousins. Now I could get arrested for just being in these places it seems.

To be precise. They are not a condition of registration, but a consequence of being convicted of an enumerated offense in the Illinois School Code.

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Obviously the problem with these laws, and the state of IL, is that sex offenders don’t get the same treatment as anyone convicted of any other felony. Laws like this *SHOULD* violate the equal protection clause. Once a person has “paid their debt to society,” be it prison or probation, the offender is entitled to a restoration of his rights, with the exception of the Second Amendment [which should also be debated]. Also an issue is that “once a sex offender, always a sex offender” justification for these laws. Reputation is a fundamental right protected by the constitution of the… Read more »

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