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City of Joliet Illinois - City of Joliet Declares Opposition to Sex Offender Housing at 1000 Cora Street 31 May 2022 ( news )
City of Joliet , state Illinois ( By Press Release office)
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The City of Joliet announced today its formal opposition to the sex offender housing at 1000 Cora Street which is home to five convicted sex offenders . The City has announced that they intend to take appropriate legal action in an attempt to minimize the presence of convicted sex offenders within the community .
The City of Joliet believes that the owner of the property has entered into a contract with the Illinois Department of Corrections which exempts him from state law which prohibits the housing of more than one sex offender at any specific location .
Mayor O’Dekirk stated , “It is absurd that anyone at any level of government would think this is a good idea . The City’s Legal Department has been instructed to take all appropriate action to shut this down . I believe placing five sex offenders at one location in any city poses an imminent threat to the people inside that neighborhood . ”
City Manager , Jim Capparelli , is looking at all legal remedies to this problem . Capparelli stated , “This goes to the heart of the matter that Joliet has become a dumping ground for Will County communities . This has got to stop , and I will be seeking a moratorium on the expansion of existing social services housing located in Joliet . ”
Mayor O’Dekirk has reached out to Governor Pritzker seeking his help in addressing the problem .
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