Two efforts in Illinois attempt to change sex offender laws

CHICAGO (AP) – Two separate efforts have arisen in Illinois that attempt to alter laws governing sex offenders in Illinois.

A group of five registered child sex offenders has filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago, saying Illinois sex offender laws are unconstitutional because they’re too vague.

Separate from the legal challenge, the Illinois legislature is also tackling the issue of whether laws governing those convicted of sex crimes involving children need to be reconsidered. A bill passed by lawmakers and awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s consideration would form a task force dedicated to assessing whether sex offenders should be classified by the type of risk they pose.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the public’s fear of such offenders means that any attempt to loosen restrictions is likely to face resistance.