SPRINGFIELD - Sex offenders are no longer allowed to get behind the wheel of ice cream or snow-cone trucks in Illinois.
A new law bars sex offenders from operating trucks that sell food or beverages. Officials worry that offenders might sell ice cream or other snacks as a front for harming children.
Gov. Pat Quinn (Contact) signed the new law Tuesday. It also bars offenders from operating emergency vehicles, such as an ambulance.
Violation would be a felony.
The sponsor, Democratic Sen. Ira Silverstein, says the law will keep children "out of harm's way."
Some places around the country already ban offenders from such jobs. Others require background checks before anyone can be hired to drive an ice cream truck.
The bill is SB62.
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)
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