Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Offenders in Illinois


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1.)The Sexual Offender Registration applies to which offenses?

Any felony or misdemeanor conviction or adjudication of any of the following statutes require registration:
  • Indecent Solicitation of a Child;
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Child;
  • Soliciting for a Juvenile Prostitute;
  • Keeping a place of Juvenile Prostitution;
  • Patronizing a Juvenile Prostitute;
  • Juvenile Pimping;
  • Exploitation of a Child;
  • Child Pornography;
  • Criminal Sexual Assault;
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault;
  • Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child;
  • Criminal Sexual Abuse;
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse;
  • Ritualized Abuse of a Child;
  • Forcible Detention, if the victim is under age 18;
  • Indecent Solicitation of an Adult;
  • Soliciting for a Prostitute, if the victim is under age 18;
  • Pandering, if the victim is under age 18;
  • Patronizing, if the victim is under age 18;
  • Pimping, if the victim is under age 18;
  • Public Indecency for a third or subsequent conviction;
  • Custodial Sexual Misconduct (if convicted on or after August 22, 2002);
  • Permitting Sexual Abuse of a Child;
  • Kidnapping, if the victim is under age 18 and the defendant is not a parent of the victim;
  • Aggravated Kidnapping, if the victim is under age 18 and defendant is not the parent of the victim;
  • Unlawful Restraint, if the victim is under age 18 and the defendant is not the parent of the victim;
  • Aggravated Unlawful Restraint, if the victim is under age 18 and the defendant is not the parent of the victim;
  • Child Abduction by luring a child under 16 into a vehicle or building;
  • First Degree Murder of a Child, victim under age 18;
  • Any attempts to commit any of the offenses listed above.

2.) Where would a sex offender register and do they need to re-register if they move?

Any sex offender must register with the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where they reside. If an offender lives in the city limits, that person must register with the city police department. If an offender lives outside the city limits in a rural area, that person must register with the county sheriff’s office.

If an offender resides in a place for 5 or more days in a calendar year, that person must register with the appropriate agency. If an offender changes his or her address at any time, that person must inform the local law enforcement agency of the town they reside in before the move and notify the law enforcement agency he or she is moving to within five days of the move.

3.) What does it mean if an offender’s address is listed as \'Location Unknown\'?

When an offender’s address is listed as ‘Location Unknown’ that means the offender has left his last reported address and has not provided any new information regarding his current whereabouts to the appropriate local law enforcement agency. This violates the requirements of the law. In these cases, law enforcement officials have confirmed that the offender is no longer at the last known address by physically checking the last known address. ‘Location Unknown’ simply means that the offender’s current whereabouts at this time are unknown to authorities. At least once each year, law enforcement officials are required to verify a sex offender’s residence by conducting a physical address verification.

4.)What does the term non-compliant mean?

Any sex offender becomes non-compliant when he or she fails to do any of the following:
  • -Register with the appropriate local law enforcement agency within 5 days of notification by the IDOC (Illinois Department of Corrections) or the Court; or
  • -Register annually; or
  • -Register quarterly (when applicable); or
  • -Provide complete and accurate information to law enforcement personnel during registration; or
  • -Change his or her address or any other information without notifying the appropriate law enforcement personnel.
  • -When an offender is listed as non-compliant, that person may also be listed as Location Unknown.


5.) How often must an offender register and for how long must an offender remain registered as a sexual offender?

A sex offender must remain registered for a period of ten years and must register in person annually. The 10-year period begins for those offenders sentenced to probation upon conviction. For those offenders who are sentenced to the IDOC, any other state department of corrections, or federal correction must register for 10 years from the final discharge, parole, or release.

Each year, an offender must come in and register in person. By law, the offender must re-register within 1 year of the date of his or her last registration and then every year thereafter. For those offenders who are deemed Sexually Dangerous or Sexually Violent, that person must register every 90 days for the rest of their natural life. When the 10-year registration period is complete, the offender’s personal information will no longer appear on the web site.

6.) What is a \'Sexually Violent\' person?

\"Sexually violent person\" means a person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, has been adjudicated delinquent for a sexually violent offense, or has been found not guilty of a sexually violent offense by reason of insanity and who is dangerous because he or she suffers from a mental disorder that makes it substantially probable that the person will engage in acts of sexual violence. Sexually violent people are required to register every 90 days for natural life.

7.) What is a \'Sexually Dangerous\' person?

All persons suffering from a mental disorder, which the mental disorder has existed for a period of not less than one year, coupled with criminal propensities to the commission of sex offenses, and who have demonstrated propensities toward acts of sexual assault or acts of sexual molestation of children, are hereby declared sexually dangerous persons. Sexually Dangerous People are required to register every 90 days for natural life.

8.) What is a Sexual Predator?

\'Sexual predator\' means any person who is convicted of a violation or attempted violation of the following sections of the Criminal Code of 1961, and the conviction occurred after July 1, 1999:
  • Keeping a Place of Juvenile Prostitution;
  • Juvenile Pimping;
  • Exploitation of a Child;
  • Child Pornography;
  • Criminal Sexual Assault, if the victim is under age 12;
  • Criminal Sexual Assault, regardless of the victim\'s age (if convicted on or after January 1,2006);
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault;
  • Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault;
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse;
  • Ritualized Abuse of a Child;
  • Conviction of first degree murder, when the victim was a person under 18 years of age and the defendant was at least 17 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense;
  • Certified as a Sexually Dangerous Person pursuant to the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act or any substantially similar federal, sister state, or foreign country law;
  • Found to be Sexually Violent pursuant to the Sexually Violent Commitment Act or any substantially similar federal, sister state, or foreign country law;
  • Convicted of a 2nd or subsequent offense, after July 1, 1999 which would require registration pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act; or
  • A conviction for an offense of federal law, Uniform Code of Military Justice, law of another state or foreign country that is substantially equivalent to any of the these offenses listed above.


9.) Are schools provided with sex offender information?

The Illinois State Police receives addresses of schools from the State Board of Education on a quarterly basis. This information is sent out to the Illinois Sheriff\'s Departments who are responsible for providing a list of sex offenders in their county to the superintendent/school board of the public schools, and the principal of the private schools. In the city of Chicago, the police department is responsible for school notification.

10.) Are sex offenders allowed on school grounds?

It is unlawful for a child sex offender to be present in any school building or property, or loiter within 500 feet of school property without the permission of the superintendent or school board, or in the case of a private school the principal unless the child sex offender is a parent of a children at that school, and the parent is on school grounds for one of the following reasons:

to attend a conference at the school with school personnel to discuss the progress of his or her child academically or socially;

to participate in child review conferences in which evaluation and placement decisions may be made with respect to his or her child regarding special education services;

to attend conferences to discuss other student issues concerning his or her child such as retention and promotion; or

the offender\'s voting place is the school.

11.) How close can a child sex offender live to a school?

It is unlawful for a child sex offender to reside within 500 feet of a school, playground, or any facility providing programs or services exclusively directed toward people under age 18, unless they owned the property prior to July 7, 2000.

12.) As a victim of a sex offense, can I be notified of an offender\'s whereabouts? How do I sign up to receive notification?

A victim and the victim\'s parent or legal guardian may request automatic notification of the change of address of the associated registered sex offender. To obtain automatic notification, the individual must notify the Illinois State Police, Sex Offender Registration, 201 East Adams, Suite 150, Springfield, IL 62701, in writing of their request to receive automatic notification. It is the responsibility of the requestor to notify the Illinois State Police of any updates with the requestor\'s current address.

13.) Can a child live with a sex offender?

The Sex Offender Registration Act does not prohibit a child sex offender from living with a child or being around children, unless it is at a park, school, or any location specifically designed for people under the age of 18. If you feel that further investigation into the welfare of a child living in the same house as an offender is necessary please contact the Department of Children and Family Services. The Department of Children and Family Service Hotline is 800-25-ABUSE.

14.) How do photos get posted on the website? Why do some offenders not have a photo on file?

By law, every time a sex offender registers, the local law enforcement agency must take a photo of the offender. The local law enforcement agency must forward a copy of the photo to the Illinois State Police to be added to the web site.

Some offenders lack photos on file due to a photo not being taken at registration with the local law enforcement agency, or because the photo was never forwarded to the Illinois State Police. The Illinois State Police tries to ensure all sex offenders have a photo attached to their information. If you see an offender that lacks a photo on the web site, you should contact the local law enforcement agency to inquire about the lack of a photo.

15.) How do I obtain offense information in addition to what is listed on the web site?

Additional information about a sex offender\'s conviction can be obtained by contacting the circuit clerk\'s office of the county in which the offender was convicted to get a copy of the offender\'s court case information. Additionally, criminal history information on an offender may be obtained through the Uniform Conviction Information Act.

16.) If an offender is visiting from another state, are they required to register?

A sex offender visiting the State of Illinois for more than 5 days in a calendar year will be required to register with the local law enforcement jurisdiction where the sex offender is staying. This means cumulative days; it does not necessarily have to be 5 consecutive days.

17.) Is there any other qualifying criteria for registration?

  • The offender is found not guilty by reason of insanity;
  • The offender is the subject of a finding not resulting in an acquittal;
  • A conviction or adjudication for a violation of federal law, the law of another state, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or a foreign country law that is substantially equivalent to the offenses listed above;
  • A juvenile is adjudicated delinquent for any of the offenses listed above; or
  • A person is adjudicated as being Sexually Dangerous or Sexually Violent.






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