If my sources are correct, it would seem that cooler heads have prevailed and the City of Aurora will relent in their pursuit of forcing 19 child sex offenders out of the Wayside Cross Ministries at 215 East New York Street.
Aurora Director of Communications, Clayton Muhammad and I haven’t had the opportunity to speak yet, but my understanding is the City held a press conference this morning where they decided that, since the Illinois sex offender statute was a state law, they’d bow out and let the State enforce it if they so choose.
So, no one will be arrested when the 30-day warning period issued by the Aurora Police expires, and my understanding is the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has provided similar assurances.
That means that, while these men will remain under the Ministry’s care and supervision for the foreseeable future, the question as to exactly how the 500-foot park buffer zone is to be measured and the constitutionality of other sex offender statute provisions will remain unanswered.
Perhaps those men will persevere in their Federal Lawsuit to finally have some closure in this regard.
Again, if my sources are correct, my hat’s off to Mayor Richard Irvin, Police Chief Kristen Ziman, and the City of Aurora in general for reversing course and understanding that the City is far safer with the Wayside Cross Ministries taking care of the least of our brothers.