The Illinois Senate is passing a measure that would broaden and toughen Illinois' sex-offender registry. The change will make Illinois law comply with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. It calls for dividing sex-offenders into three tiers, with the most dangerous offenders required to update their whereabouts every three months for life.
It also makes it a federal felony to fail to register. The legislation also clarifies that unauthorized recording or streaming live video of a minor in a restroom, locker room, tanning bed, or other vulnerable situations is a sex offense, closing an unintended loophole in current law. The sponsor of the Illinois bill, Democrat Bill Haine of Alton, says the measure will help law enforcement keep track of sex offenders and remind them that they are being watched.