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May 4, 2010

Illinois on the verge of banning all sex offenders from all public parks

This local story from Illinois, which is headlined "Sex offender public park ban bill goes to governor," reports on the latest state restriction on sex offenders in the works. Here are the basics:

Passed by state lawmakers, legislation that would ban convicted sex offenders from stepping foot in any public Illinois parks now awaits Gov. Pat Quinn's signature.  The legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, prevents all sexual predators and child sex offenders from being in or loitering within 500 feet of a public park.

Illinois currently prohibits sex offenders from being in or loitering within 500 feet of public recreational areas when children are present.  The new legislation would keep make it a crime to be near or enter a park at any time.

"Sexual offenders don't need to be hanging around public parks where there are lots of kids and lots of people walking or running alone," Dillard said recently in a press release. "Unfortunately, we've seen some terrible tragedies in public parks.  We need to keep these individuals out of areas where there is often limited oversight by law enforcement officers, as well as surroundings that offer seclusion."...

If signed by the governor, the new law would make the violation a Class A misdemeanor and boost any subsequent violation to a Class 4 felony.

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"Sexual offenders don't need to be hanging around public parks where there are lots of kids and lots of people walking or running alone," Dillard said recently in a press release. "Unfortunately, we've seen some terrible tragedies in public parks"

hmm what terrible tragedies? i must have missed the news reports on them.

From where i sit the problem here is the ex sexoffenders have not gotten fed up with these continual CRIMINAL actions from these NAZI politicians and started KILLING THEM ANYWHERE THEY CAN.

Posted by: rodsmith | May 4, 2010 12:32:44 PM

I still think they had the right idea in A Clockwork Orange.

Posted by: Allan | May 4, 2010 1:36:40 PM

I think at this point if offenders are being restricted more and more, then perhaps they should be exempt from paying taxes. Why pay taxes if they are not eligible to enjoy the facilities that they have helped fund?

At some point in time (and I hope that time is soon), a restriction will be passed that will push not only offenders, but legal scholars, human rights activists, etc. over the edge and it won't be pretty.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2010 2:22:18 PM

The way I see it, restrictions like this should provide Sex Offenders with tax-free lifestyles. Charging school district and local taxes to support parks is one thing, but charging a sex-offender taxes on places he can't go within 500 feet of.. thats criminal. RodSmith is right.. this ex-post-facto punishment is just another in a long line of ILLEGAL LAWS by politicians who could care less who it actually effects, just as long as it makes them look tough on crime during an election year. They let the courts "sort it out" and in the meantime, people are being killed for their label which should have been removed by now.

So sex-offenders are no longer allowed to walk their dogs or exercise? Does that not equal punishment? It sure isn't protecting anyone, in fact its endangering the health of those who can no longer use the park for the reason it was intended for: health and exercise. You ppl in Illinois need to sue, sue right now. And if things keep going this way, I see Rodsmith as being right: There will be targets on every politician who crafted these illegal restrictive laws. What do sex offenders have to lose? They are already second class citizens, and if they are going to be punished, perhaps politicians will take some hits so at least they are being punished for a reason.

Watch what happens when you disenfranchise a million people in this country.. especially ones who thought they already paid for their crime. The politicians are basically making the case for themselves being attacked.

This law is complete crap, and hysteria driven by the media is allowing it to happen. They should all be held accountable in defamation suits.

Posted by: tbucket | May 4, 2010 2:28:56 PM

"Sexual offenders don't need to be hanging around public parks where there are lots of kids and lots of people walking or running alone," Dillard said recently in a press release. "Unfortunately, we've seen some terrible tragedies in public parks. We need to keep these individuals out of areas where there is often limited oversight by law enforcement officers, as well as surroundings that offer seclusion."

In the release, Dillard referred to the March 14, 1960, attack and murder of three Riverside women in Starved Rock State Park, calling the crime a "sexual assault."

Chester Weger, the man convicted of one of the murders and now serving a life prison sentence, has never been charged or brought to court on any sex offense."

Thats what the article says.. they want to restrict sex offenders based on the actions of someone who was never charged for a sex offense. HOW CAN PEOPLE NOT SEE THIS HYPOCRISY?!?!?!?!

Posted by: tbucket | May 4, 2010 2:31:21 PM

article: "In the release, Dillard referred to the March 14, 1960, attack and murder of three Riverside women in Starved Rock State Park, calling the crime a "sexual assault."

me: 1960??? after he's done protecting illinois from the menance of icky pervs, does dillard vow to do something about that al capone he keeps hearing about ;)

Posted by: virginia | May 4, 2010 6:39:15 PM

yep you got to wonder how big a THREAT they really are when the only attack that comes to mind was both 60 YEARS AGO and WASNT' A SEX OFFENCE in the first place.

personally i think all these illegal laws getting passed with no politicians going up in a mushroom cloud is proof positive the shiek who took down the towers in new york is DEAD..

after all he was a billionair. just how hard would it have been for him to use our own ILLEGAL REGISTRY to find some poor sucker out of that 1,000,000 people and just say. hey guy your stuck your life is over your family is in ruins. BUT if you take this case to one of these big cities and then pres this button...your family gets 1,000,000,000 DOLLARS.

You think out of 700,000 to 1,000,000 he wouldn't get a taker...if not dozens.

Posted by: rodsmith | May 5, 2010 1:34:21 AM

It's instructive to read the Wikipedia page for Starved Rock State Park. In the 60 years since the murders there, approximately 90 people have fallen to their deaths from the trails. Handrails would be a much more appropriate safety measure.

Posted by: brunello | May 5, 2010 11:12:49 AM

brunello: The people who support these laws do not think objectively. Facts such as what you pointed out are very interesting to the rest of us but people who support the Registries have no concern for them.

To all: I would encourage to post your comments at the source of the article in addition to here. The more intelligent a forum is, the less likely Registrymongers will be reading it.

Posted by: noncitizen2009 | May 6, 2010 12:45:43 PM

If ignorance and political posturing could be converted into dollars and cents, Illinois would not be in the red with regards to the state budget. If your a politician and are looking for job security jump on the sex offender band wagon and tag line your own bill… Make politicians take maintenance polygraph tests just like they make sex offenders on parole. How many politicians would pass?

I was a supporter of Governor Quinn however, if the man doe not grow some Cojones and fight the real fight instead of more political posturing by signing this bill I guess the truth is he is just another politician.

Posted by: terry | May 7, 2010 7:59:15 AM

I think Allan who posted the comment on May 4th is so right! I got in trouble 9 yrs ago and i got a misdameanor for it and 2yrs court super vision. Ive been to college and i dont drink or do drugs. I now am struggling living because every where i go i cant live. Just because of a daycare out of a house or a school.Wether people like me or predators. Its not gonna stop them. I was 19 and she just 16. Im scared to be around kids because society makes me feel like a molester.

Posted by: J | May 27, 2010 6:06:04 PM

I am 63 years old. I pleaded guilty to possessing child porn. One of my joys is jogging. Another is birdwatching. What do I do now? Go back to being a person trying to overcome social phobia and stay in the house with time on my hands? These politicians have victimized a class of nonviolent people who often have good normal relations with children. These are the same people who lie to us, cheat us out of our hard-earned money through taxes that go for projects of their political patrons.Where are the liberals who should be speaking out against these needless laws that overwork police departments and really do not make children safer. Most child abuse is not perpetrated by strangers but by family or those close to the family.

Posted by: S.J. Hossin | Jun 1, 2010 3:27:09 PM

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