Illinois Lawmakers Looking to Tighten Sex Offender Rules

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers are considering pieces of legislation to fill a few blanks in the state's sex offender laws.

According to a Springfield newspaper one measure would require convicted sex offenders who lose their jobs to update their registration with state police.

Another would ban sex offenders from attending county fairs but would still be allowed to attend the state fair. This proposal regarding county fairs came from officials in Whiteside County.

Both measures were introduced after lawmakers said they encountered holes in the current statutes.

For example, in one case charges against a sex offender were dismissed in McLean County because of ambiguity over when people had to report a change in employment.