Shorewood is a small enough town where about one of everything will do.
It has a Target, a Dunkin' Donuts, and one each of the drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS.
But when it comes to registered sex offenders, Shorewood has a whole four.
While having four times the number of sex offenders as Wal-Marts isn't something a village might want to brag about, the fact that it has only four out of a population of nearly 16,000 makes the big picture look pretty good after all.
And when there is only a handful of them to worry about, they have a harder time blending into the woodwork.
"They're easy to keep track of," Police Chief Robert Puleo said of his town's veritable lack of registered sex offenders.
Puleo did not admit to knowing each by name, by did say his department keeps close tabs on all four of them.
There seemed to be no clear reason why Shorewood has only four registered sex offenders while Plainfield, for example, a village with upscale aspirations and a population more than twice the size of its neighboring munipality, boasts 32 sex offenders, according to state police records.
"This is Shorewood," Puleo said. "There's not that many."
The nearby Village of Channahon has one less than Shorewood with only three registered sex offenders on the state police rolls, one of whom is doing time in Dixon Correctional Center, far from the town's boundaries.
"We don't allow it," quipped Police Chief Joe Pena.
They do, apparently, allow it in Joliet, where the state police put the number of sex offenders at 216. Police Chief Fred Hayes said the number is actually closer to 150, with the 60 some odd others living in unincorporated areas with Joliet addresses.
Joliet, with a population close to 150,000, has other factors going against it in the sex offender game. It is a county seat. It has both a bus and train station, and it is the center for social services in Will County.
"The social service options that are provided in Joliet definitely have an impact on why there might be a disproportionate number," Hayes said.
The link to social services, such as homeless shelters, is not specific to sex offenders, Hayes said, and is evidenced by the number of ex-convicts in general that find their way to Joliet upon being released from prison.
"I see that in parolees, really, because they don't have anyplace else to go," the chief said.
"I think (a shelter) is certainly an option for somebody coming out of the prison system that has been completely dismissed by their family support system," he said.
That turns out to be a burden for the Joliet Police Department, one that the Shorewood force does not have to bear.
"There's no doubt about it," Hayes said. "When the sex offender registry laws were created, they were basically unfunded mandates."
While Hayes calls the sex offender registry laws a "great idea," he admits they are taxing on his department.
"For us, it is a large responsibility we take very seriously," he said, "and have to commit a great deal of resources to."