Prostitution becomes a municipal offense in Lansing

2013-08-21T13:35:00Z 2013-08-21T21:58:40Z Prostitution becomes a municipal offense in LansingGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
August 21, 2013 1:35 pm  • 

LANSING | Punishment for prostitution crimes will be dealt with by local authorities in Lansing rather than the Cook County court system.

The Village Board voted 6-0 on Tuesday to make prostitution a municipal offense. Lansing police officers who make an arrest for a prostitution offense will write up municipal tickets.

Such tickets are dealt with by administrative officers in Lansing who assess fines for the offenses.

It would be an alternative to filing charges that would be dealt at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit Court in Markham, which Village Administrator J. Wynsma said has caseloads cluttered with such offenses.

“Markham is overloaded with these cases, and we think we can address some of these cases ourselves,” said Wynsma, while adding that the number of prostitution-related arrests from Lansing is “not many.”

Wynsma could not provide an exact figure for prostitution-related arrests in Lansing.

The change takes effect immediately.

In other business, the Village Board approved a change in regulations for obtaining a building permit in Lansing. Applicants must have paid any and all debts owed to the village before such a permit can be issued.

Trustees also voted to incorporate the language of the National Electrical Code crafted in 2011 into the village’s electrical code.

Officials set a paramedic fee of $7.09 per mile that a person is charged for being transported to an area hospital.

Also, the firefighter eligibility list of people applying for jobs who had taken the required written test was extended for one year. Without the extension, the list would have expired on Aug. 13.

All of the measures were approved by trustees without opposition.

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