Illinois’ other registry

It’s not well-publicized, but the state of Illinois is one of a handful of states that has “Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry” in addition to its more famous cousin, the sex offender registry. 

The Chicago Tribune fills in the details.

The Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry came into being in June 2006. It evolved into the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry in January 2012.

That happened largely through the work of Batavia resident Patricia Rosenberg. She campaigned for passage of “Andrea’s Law,” named for her daughter, Andrea Will, who was strangled in 1998 by Justin Boulay, her former boyfriend, at Eastern Illinois University.

Illinois and four other states — Indiana, Kansas, Montana and Oklahoma — have murderer registries. Illinois’ website includes information such as a murderer’s or violent offender’s address, birth date and physical description, as well as the nature of the criminal conviction. A recent photograph also accompanies each entry.

The registry website also includes a reminder that anyone who uses information to commit a criminal act can be prosecuted.

There are more than 3,600 people on Illinois’ murderer registry, and some object to being on the registry.

Brumley said friends have seen his name on the murderer registry and confused it with the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, which tracks people who have been convicted of sexual abuse, possession of child pornography or similar crimes.

He said he wants his neighbors to know they have nothing to fear from him.

“I’ve had comments on that already, where people think you’re a sex offender,” Brumley said. “I’m not a registered sex offender.” But because of the similarity between the two registries, “it’s like I’m being treated like one.” 

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