Danger less than 500 feet away

The news: In January, law enforcement officials announced that a crackdown on sex offenders who failed to register their address with police led to 40 arrests. Behind the news: It is against Illinois law for child sex offenders to live within 500 feet of schools, playgrounds or any facility providing programs to children. Yet, as of Feb. 1, 29 child sex offenders in Cook County were breaking the law by living next to 34 Chicago Public Schools, shows a Chicago Reporter analysis of data from the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. The 34 schools were clustered primarily on Chicago’s South and West sides.