A lawsuit filed by eighteen residents of the Wayside Cross halfway home in downtown Aurora has been dismissed by the judge. The men, who are all sex offenders, had sued in hopes of being able to stay at the home which is located near a park. The lawsuit claimed that Kane County officials were misinterpreting the law about residency of sex offenders and were burdening the men's exercise of religion.
The lawsuit was no longer needed as the men have since been relocated to more suitable housing. Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said he's pleased by the lawsuit's dismissal and that the situation was resolved without getting stuck in court.
Last year, the facility came under fire from Aurora's mayor for agreeing to house Thomas Kokoraleis, who was convicted of murder in connection with the infamous Ripper Crew.