The 19 child sex offenders who were told they must leave Wayside Cross Ministries by July 26 have filed a civil federal lawsuit against the city of Aurora, arguing the men should not have to move and challenging the state’s residency laws for registered sex offenders.

The men were given eviction notices in late June because they live within 500 feet of McCarty Park. Under Illinois law, child sex offenders cannot live near schools, playgrounds or daycare facilities.

But civil rights attorneys Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg argue in a suit filed Thursday that the city is misconstruing the meaning of a park vs. a playground and measuring the distance between the building and park.

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