Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sex offenders prohibited from Harrisburg, Eldorado bike paths

I'm a bit confused by the media article, the reporter says it is an outright ban but the senator he interviewed says it is an anti-loitering law. One of them is lying. Here is what the bill actually says:


(b) It is unlawful for a sexual predator or a child sex
offender to knowingly be present in any public park building or
on real property comprising any public park.
(c) It is unlawful for a sexual predator or a child sex
offender to knowingly loiter on a public way within 500 feet of
a public park building or real property comprising any public
park. For the purposes of this subsection (c), the 500 feet
distance shall be measured from the edge of the property
comprising the public park building or the real property
comprising the public park.

Got it? Senator is full of Shiitake. Now tell me you really believe pols read what they pass. They don't.

http://www.dailyregister.com/news/x1990296122/Sex-offenders-prohibited-from-Harrisburg-Eldorado-bike-paths


Sex offenders prohibited from Harrisburg, Eldorado bike paths
By Jon Musgrave
Daily Register/Daily Journal
Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 12:49 PM


Bike trails in Harrisburg and Eldorado are now designated as off-limits to
persons on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry thanks to a new law, Senate Bill 3258, passed this
spring and signed by the governor June 22.
Previously , Illinois law designated public parks such as Harrisburg Township Park or state
facilities such as the Tunnel Hill Bike Trail off-limits to sex offenders, but remained vague on the
status of municipal bike trails.
The new law clarifies that among a number of other technical changes.
All of Southern Illinois lawmakers supported the measures.
"We can never do enough to protect our children from the threats posed by sex offenders,"
stressed state Rep. John Bradley , D-Marion, last week. "This new law will effectively ensure that
all registered child sex offenders will be prohibited from loitering around public park bike trails."
Most of the changes in the law updated and clarified technical inconsistencies between the
state's sex offender laws and the requirements of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry which can be
found on the Illinois State Police's website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor.
The new law adds the following offenses against minors to the Illinois Criminal Code: forcible
detention; custodial sexual misconduct; sexual misconduct with a person with a disability ;
promoting prostitution; grooming, traveling to meet a minor; and permitting sexual abuse of a
child.
Musgrave receives e-mail at jmusgrave@dailyregist

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