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Old 08-29-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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TRIBUNE WATCHDOG State program subsidizing child care for poor families allows violent felons access to children

Cornelius Osborne may not seem like baby-sitting material.
He was convicted of raping two women. A succession of felonies, from robbery to failing to register as a sex offender, repeatedly sent him to prison, state records show.
But over more than two years, the state paid Osborne nearly $5,000 to baby-sit two children, before his latest conviction for dealing drugs put him back behind bars.

Osborne, of Chicago, wasn't the only sex offender paid by taxpayers to baby-sit, according to a Tribune investigation that found cases of convicted rapists, molesters and other violent felons given access to children over the past decade.The money comes from a$750 million-a-year program that subsidizes child care for more than 150,000 impoverished Illinois families.

State paid sex offenders as baby sitters - chicagotribune.com
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