Chicago lawmaker proposes cracking down on Pokemon Go sites

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By IVAN MORENO
Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A popular site for “Pokemon Go” characters in a conservation area on the north Chicago lakefront has attracted hundreds of players and inspired legislation to protect ecologically sensitive areas.

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Volunteers have spent years trying to restore the Loyola Dunes area in the Rogers Park neighborhood. They say gamers in search of a rare Pokemon have been trampling on grassland that helps prevent erosion.

Nianca, the developer of “Pokemon Go,” removed the “PokeStop” after several complaints, but not before a Chicago lawmaker introduced a bill to fine developers $100 a day for not complying with requests to remove a location.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says the proposal is among the first of its kind. New York lawmakers are considering legislation to restrict sex offenders’ use of augmented reality games.

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