Protecting Illinois citizens by making more information available about registered sex offenders is the aim of a new law sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins.

Signed by the Governor July 18, Senate Bill 3293 requires registered sex offenders to provide law enforcement with their current telephone and cell phone numbers, and notify them about any changes within three days. The Illinois State Police must also be notified of the change by the law enforcement agency within three days.

“This issue was brought to my attention by a police officer in northwestern Illinois who discovered that a sex offender had a cell phone with lewd pictures on it. When examining the law, we found that a registered offender had to provide their employer’s telephone number and their parole agent’s number, but not their own telephone number or their cell phone number,” Senator Bivins said. “Senate Bill 3293 closes that loophole.”

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