Lawmakers try to close loophole to tighten grasp on sex offenders

By Alex Davis |

Published 03/06 2014 04:55PM

Updated 10/23 2014 05:50PM

ILLINOIS -- A loophole some sex offenders are jumping through could soon be closed. A bill would require them to tell police if they lose their jobs.

Under current law, if a sex offender loses a job, it's not considered a "change in employment status." The bill stems from a case in McLean County where a court ruled in favor of an offender who lost his job because the law doesn't clearly distinguish between a "change in job" or "loss of job."

But, some lawmakers think that's wrong and want police to have a stronger grasp on where offenders are at all times. Under the measure, registered sex offenders who lose their job would have up to three days to inform the agency where they're registered. The bill passed out of the Senate and is headed to the House.

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