Illinois: Sex Offenders Banned From Child and Teen Sections of Chicago Public Library
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Two years ago, Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) tried to declare Chicago’s 78 public libraries off-limits to registered sex offenders during summer months, when the buildings tend to be overrun with children.
The ordinance went nowhere because of legal concerns.
On Tuesday, Quinn joined forces with his Southwest Side neighbor Mike Zalewski (23rd) on a modified ordinance crafted in conjunction with Library Commissioner Brian Bannon that, city attorneys believe can pass legal muster.
That revised approach was approved Tuesday by the council’s Committee on Public Safety. It would prohibit anyone convicted of sex offenses against children and, therefore, required to register as a sex offender, from “entering into and or remaining in a designated child area or designated teen area” of any Chicago public library.
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