West Haven Residents Fight Sex Offender Facility Expansion
Photo by: St. Leonard's House
Fioretti told the Chicago Sun-Times that although St. Leonard's has done a "great job on housing and training of ex-offenders" in the past, the residents of West Haven raised some valid concerns. One of which is that state law requires that any facility housing sex offenders must annually notify neighbors who live within 500 feet that sex offenders live nearby. Zepeda claims that St. Leonard's never did that. Sex offenders are also not allowed to live within 500 feet of a school, under state law. The Chicago Public Schools' Suder School is right across the street at 2022 W. Washington.
Last week at a meeting arranged by Fioretti's office, St. Leonard's officials told neighbors they would stop taking in sex offenders. "We respect the fact that they're there,'' said Zepeda to the Sun-Times. "We understand their mission. We just do not believe this expansion should happen."