Illinois Sex Offenders

Illinois Sex offenders Law states that persons jailed for a sexual offense in Illinois must register with the state police. The Law ensures that those convicted of sex offenses and crimes against minors submit their records to the state police.

Illinois Sex offender’s law makes sure all information on sex offenders living in the state gets into the sex offenders database. This makes it easier for the information on sex offenders to be available on the internet.

Illinois Sex Offender Registry

According to the Illinois sex offender’s law, the state police is in charge of the Sex offenders Registry. The purpose of the registry is to make information on sex offenders in the state available to the public.

The public gets notifications on sex offenders in the state through the registry. They get warnings on the dangers of sex offenders living in their community.

The Illinois State Police updates the information on the registry. This makes sure the public has access to accurate and complete information.

The local law enforcement of the community where a sex offender resides in the state verifies the information on such offender. You should note that information on the registry only covers sex offenses by an offender. You can contact the state police for information on the entire criminal record of an offender.

The state law frowns on using the information on the registry for a criminal act against another individual. Using data on the record to threaten or harass a sex offender in the state violates the State’s criminal law.

Illinois Sex Offender Facts

Facts

  • There are 16,538 registered sex offenders in Illinois

Top Offenses

  • AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE/VICTIM 13-16
  • VIOLATE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
  • PREDATORY CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • FAILURE TO REPORT A CHANGE OF ADDRESS/EMPLOYMENT
  • AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT

Counties in Illinois with the highest number of offenders:

  • Cook County
  • Lake County
  • Winnebago County
  • Peoria County
  • Will County
Zip Codes in Illinois with the highest number of offenders:
  • 60085
  • 61832
  • 60628
  • 60505
  • 62526
  • 60901
  • 60636
  • 60619
  • 62002
  • 62703
Nearby States:
Illinois Sex Crimes Requiring Offender Registration
  • Child pornography - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-20.1 (West 2008).

  • Indecent solicitation of a child - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-6 (West 2008).

  • Sexual exploitation of a child - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-9.1 (West 2008).

  • Custodial sexual misconduct - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-9.2 (West 2008).

  • Soliciting for a Juvenile Prostitute - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-15.1 (West 2008).

  • Patronizing a juvenile prostitute - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-18.1 (West 2008).

  • Keeping a place of juvenile prostitution - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-17.1 (West 2008).

  • Juvenile Pimping - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-19.1 (West 2008).

  • Exploitation of a child - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-19.2 (West 2008).

  • Criminal sexual assault - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/12-13 (West 2008).

  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/12-14 (West 2008).

  • Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/12-14.1 (West 2008).

  • Criminal sexual abuse - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/12-15 (West 2008).

  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/12-16 (West 2008).

  • Ritualized abuse of a child -720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. § 18-1506A (West 2008).

  • The attempt to commit any of the crimes listed above.

  • Kidnapping (of person under the age of 18) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/10-1 (West 2008).

  • Aggravated kidnapping (of person under the age of 18) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/10-2 (West

  • 2008).

  • Unlawful restraining (of person under the age of 18) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/10-3 (West 2008).

  • Aggravated unlawful restraint (of person under the age of 18) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/10-3.1

  • (West 2008).

  • First degree murder (of person under the age of 18 by a defendant aged 17 or older) - 720 ILL. COMP.

  • STAT. ANN. 5/9-1 (West 2008).

  • Sexual relations within families - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-11 (West 2008).

  • Child abduction (committed by luring or attempting to lure a child under the age of 16 without the consent of the parent of lawful custodian for unlawful purposes) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/10-5(10)(b) (West 2008).

  • Forcible detention (of person under the age of 18) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/10-4 (West 2008).

  • Indecent solicitation of an adult - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-6.5 (West 2008).

  • Soliciting for a prostitute (if the victim is under 18 years of age) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-15

  • (West 2008).

  • Pandering (if the victim is under 18 years of age) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-16 (West 2008).

  • Patronizing a prostitute (if the victim is under 18 years of age) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-18

  • (West 2008).

  • Pimping ((if the victim is under 18 years of age) -720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-19 (West 2008).

  • Public indecency (3rd or subsequent conviction) - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/11-9 (West 2008).

  • Permitting sexual abuse - 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 150/5.1 (West 2008).

  • Or the attempt to commit any of the above crimes.

  • A conviction for an offense of federal law, Uniform Code of Military Justice, or the law of another state or a foreign country that is substantially equivalent to any offense listed above.

Information maintained in Illinois Sex Offender Registry

730 I.L.C.S. 150/3 (West 2008)

  1. Duty to register

  • name

  • current photograph

  • current address

  • current place of employment and employer’s telephone number

  • school attended

Community Notification and Websites

730 I.L.C.S. 154/95 (West 2008)

(a): The sheriff of the county, except Cook County, shall disclose to the following the:

  • name

  • address

  • date of birth

  • place of employment

  • school attended and

  • offense or adjudication of all sex offenders required to register under the Sex Offender Registration

  • Act:

  • The boards of institutions of higher education or other appropriate administrative offices of each non-public institution of higher education located in the county where the sex offender is required to register, resides, is employed, or is attending an institution of higher education; and

  • School boards of public school districts and the principal or other appropriate administrative officer of each non public school located in the county where the sex offender is required to register or is employed; and

  • Child care facilities located in the county where the sex offender is required to register or is employed

(a-2): The sheriff of Cook County shall disclose to the following the

  • name,

  • address,

  • date of birth,

  • place of employment,

  • school attended, and

  • offense or adjudication of all sex offenders required to register under the Sex Offender Registration



Act:

  • School boards of public school districts and the principal or other appropriate administrative officer of each nonpublic school located within the region of Cook County, as those public school districts and nonpublic schools are identified in LEADS, other than the City of Chicago, where the sex offender is required to register or is employed; and

  • Child care facilities located within the region of Cook County, as those child care facilities are identified in LEADS, other than the City of Chicago, where the sex offender is required to register or is employed; and

  • The boards of institutions of higher education or other appropriate administrative offices of each non-public institution of higher education located in the county, other than the City of Chicago, where the sex offender is required to register, resides, is employed, or attending an institution of higher education.

(a-3): The Chicago Police Department shall disclose to the following:

  • name,

  • address,

  • date of birth,

  • place of employment,

  • school attended, and

  • offense or adjudication of all sex offenders required to register under the Sex Offender Registration

Act:

  • school boards of public school districts and the principal or other appropriate administrative officer of each nonpublic school located in the police district where the sex offender is required to register or is employed if the offender is required to register or is employed in the City of Chicago; and

  • Child care facilities located in the police district where the sex offender is required to register or are employed if the offender is required to register or is employed in the City of Chicago; and

  • The boards of institutions of higher education or other appropriate administrative offices of each non-public institution of higher education located in the police district where the sex offender is required to register, resides, is employed, or attending an institution of higher education in the City of Chicago.

(a-4): The Department of State Police shall provide a list of sex offenders required to register to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

(b): The Department of State Police and any law enforcement agency may disclose, in the Department's or agency's discretion, the following information to any person likely to encounter a sex offender, or sexual predator

(c): The name, address, date of birth, offense or adjudication, the county of conviction, license plate numbers for every vehicle registered in the name of the sex offender, the age of the sex offender at the time of the commission of the offense, the age of the victim at the time of the commission of the offense, and any distinguishing marks located on the body of the sex offender for sex offenders required to register under Section 3 of the Sex Offender

Registration Act shall be open to inspection by the public as provided in this Section:

  • Every municipal police department shall make available at its headquarters the information on all sex offenders who are required to register in the municipality under the Sex Offender Registration Act.

  • The sheriff shall also make available at his or her headquarters the information on all sex offenders who are required to register under that Act and who live in unincorporated areas of the county.

  • Sex offender information must be made available for public inspection to any person, no later than 72 hours or 3 business days from the date of the request.

  • The request must be made in person, in writing, or by telephone.

  • Availability must include giving the inquirer access to a facility where the information may be copied.

  • A department or sheriff may charge a fee, but the fee may not exceed the actual costs of copying the Information.

  • An inquirer must be allowed to copy this information in his or her own handwriting.

  • A department or sheriff must allow access to the information during normal public working hours.

  • The sheriff or a municipal police department may publish the photographs of sex offenders where any victim was 13 years of age or younger and who are required to register in the municipality or county under the Sex Offender Registration Act in a newspaper or magazine of general circulation in the municipality or county or may disseminate the photographs of those sex offenders on the Internet or on television.

  • The law enforcement agency may make available the information on all sex offenders residing within any county.







(d): The Department of State Police and any law enforcement agency having jurisdiction may, in the

Department's or agency's discretion, place the information specified in subsection (b) on the Internet or in other media.730 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 150/115 (West 2008).

(b):

  • The Department of State Police must make the information contained in the Statewide Sex Offender Database accessible on the Internet by means of a hyperlink labeled "Sex Offender Information" on the Department's World Wide Web home page.

  • The Department must make the information contained in the Statewide Sex Offender Database searchable via a mapping system which identifies registered sex offenders living within 5 miles of an identified address.

Limitations on Residency or Employment

720 I.L.C.S. 5/11-9.3 (West 2008)

(a): Unless they are the parent or guardian of a minor on the premises, child sex offenders may not knowingly be present:

  • in any school building

  • On real property comprising any school in any conveyance owned, leased, or contracted by a school to transport students to or from school.

(b): A child sex offender may not knowingly loiter within 500 feet of a school building while persons under the age of 18 are present in the building unless they are the parent or guardian of a student attending the school.730 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 150/8 (West 2008).

A child sex offender may not reside within 500 feet of a school, park, or playground. The offender may also not reside within 500 feet of a facility providing services directed exclusively toward persons under 18 years of age unless the sex offender meets specified statutory exemptions.

Duration of Registration

730 I.L.C.S. 150/7 (West 2008)

  • Life for persons determined to be a sexually violent person or sexual predator.

  • All other sex offenders must register for 10 years.

Timeframe for Registration

Within 30 days of entering any county; 10 days of changing Address

Applies to Offenders Convicted in another State?

Yes

Verification of Address

No (State Police has requested that local law enforcement verify addresses)

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Class 4 felony

What does a Sex Offender Look Like?

Most people think sexual predators are scary-looking and creepy. But three out of four adolescents who were sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.

Most of the time, sexual predators look like regular people. Children and parents need to know and to understand that anyone can be a sexual predator, no matter how "normal" they appear.

Encouraging Children to Share

It isn't always easy to build a trusting relationship with your child. Trying to get your children to share what is going on in their lives can be difficult.

Building an open and welcoming environment from the beginning stages of a child's life is essential. Children are less intimidated and more likely to discuss issues and topics in their lives with an open and supportive environment.

Getting your kids to share serves as a building block for times when your child needs to discuss pressing issues like sex and sexual abuse.

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