A bill sponsored in 2012 by State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) will prohibit sex offenders from participating in holiday events involving children as of Jan. 1.
An Illinois law that takes effect Jan. 1 will officially prohibit convicted sex offenders from participating in holiday events—from dressing up as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny to handing out candy on Halloween. Offenders who break this law (SB 3579/PA 97-0699) could be subject to fines or revocation of their parole or probation, and could face additional jail time, according to a press release from Senator Kirk Dillard's office. “I do not believe child sex offenders should be given the opportunity to dress up and participate in a holiday event that caters directly to young children,” Dillard said in a statement. He said he sponsored the law in response to real incidents that occurred in Illinois where child sex offenders used holiday…
The Illinois Senate Redistricting Committee, led by State Sen. Kwame Raoul, is seeking public input concerning how to redraw legislative maps.
Friday, March 25, 2011
SPRINGFIELD — Today, Illinois residents will be given their first chance to voice their opinion about how the lines on Illinois’ political map will shift, though their voices might not carry as far as they hope. The hearing, which will be held at noon Monday in Room C600 of the Bilandic Building in downtown Chicago, will be the first of five throughout the state. Hearings are meant to be opportunities for residents and interest groups to tell legislators any concerns or desires they have regarding redistricting. Sen. Kwame Raoul is the chair of the redistricting committee and says he hopes people understand how much their input can influence the process. “I think one of the things people have to realize about these hearings is they’ll all…