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Legislation could further limit access of child sex offenders

SPRINGFIELD -- The state could further limit places where child sex offenders can visit if Governor Quinn signs the latest legislation into law.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state could further limit places where child sex offenders can visit if Governor Quinn signs the latest legislation into law. It would make it illegal for predators to be within 500 feet of any public or private place with a recreation area or playground.

That includes places like McDonald's, but offenders could still go through the drive-through and dine-in. Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson says it could be tough to enforce.

Violators could be subject to a felony with a prison sentence of 1 - 3 years, plus fines of $25,000. According to Illinois Sex Offender Registration, there are hundreds of registered child sex offenders in the area.

Sangamon County: 256
Champaign County: 220
Macon County: 220
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