LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- Police say sex offenders in Loves Park rushed to register last month before the city imposed a higher fee. Sex offenders now have to pay one hundred dollars a year instead of thirty dollars.
- Isn't this basically extortion? Pay the new fee or go the jail and/or prison on a violation.
That money is used for sexual abuse awareness training and education. Right now, Illinois sex offenders must register for ten years. However, a bill to change that law to 15 years is pending in the senate.
- Is it really used for this? Some how I doubt that.
Rodney Scott, Loves Park Police, says, "It's been on the books, I think, since January first that has allowed the city to do this. We're just doing it now because we did upgrade our sex offender software and we thought it would be a good time to do it.”
Loves Park will use the money from sex offenders to help pay for its new computer software. The city has 47 registered sex offenders.