IL Supreme Court considers validity of ban on sex offenders in parks

The Illinois Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s law prohibiting child sex offenders from being in public parks. The attorney for the man challenging the law told justices the law keeps those affected by the law from a wide range of places in Illinois.

Strohl told the justices there’s a ton of parkland in places people might not realize, meaning it criminalizes innocent conduct by barring them “from ever touring the Art Institute, running the Chicago Marathon, disembarking the Metra train at Millennium Station, or merely being in a public park and enjoying its amenities.”

The state is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a state appellate court ruling that found the law facially unconstitutional.

Read more here.

Listen to the oral arguments here.