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Cops on rooftops Friday for Special Olympics fundraiser

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  • The Vernon Hills Dunkin' Donuts store at Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue will be the spot again this year for the Special Olympics fundraiser.

       The Vernon Hills Dunkin' Donuts store at Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue will be the spot again this year for the Special Olympics fundraiser.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • In 2012, Schaumburg police wave to patrons from the rooftop of the Dunkin' Donuts at Schaumburg and Plum Grove roads.

       In 2012, Schaumburg police wave to patrons from the rooftop of the Dunkin' Donuts at Schaumburg and Plum Grove roads.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
Submitted by Dunkin Donuts Midwest

For the 11th year, hundreds of Illinois law enforcement officers will stake out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to benefit Special Olympics Illinois, starting at 5 a.m. Friday, May 31.

Police officers have their own fundraising arm for Special Olympics, called the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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"More than $1.3 million has been raised from this event over the last 10 years and we're hoping to set new records this year," said Eric Smith, Illinois Torch Run director and downstate Sherman, IL police chief. "It's a wonderfully fun event that works."

To meet their goal, police officers will have to top last year's total of $240,000.

In return for the police officers "doing time" at their restaurants, Dunkin' Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Torch Run fund. Each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location and makes a donation to the Torch Run will get a free doughnut coupon; guests donating at least $10 will get a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for free medium coffee. Other items, such as Torch Run T-shirts and hats, will be sold for various donations.

For a list of all participating locations, go to www.facebook.com/DunkinChicago or www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsIllinois.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised nearly $25 million over 26 years. Each year, more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.

Suburban Cop on a Rooftop locations on Friday are: Addison, 33 E. Lake St.; five Aurora locations, 2380 S. Eola, 1237 N. Eola, 2933 Kirk Road, 1255 N. Farnsworth and 2112 W. Galena Blvd.; Batavia, 2002 W. Wilson; Bensenville, 1004 W. Irving Park; Bloomingdale, 169 E. Lake St.; Carpentersville, 2270 Randall Road; Cary, 630 Northwest Hwy.; Crystal Lake, 4817 Northwest Hwy. and 450 N. Route 31; East Dundee, 892 S. Main St.; Elgin, 263 S. Randall, 80 Tyler Creek Plaza, 95 Clock Tower Plaza and 1730 N. State; Fox Lake, 5 E. Grand Ave.; Gilberts, 171 E. Higgins; Glen Ellyn, 22W251 North Ave.; Grayslake, 813 E. Belvidere; Gurnee, 5414 Grand Ave.; Hampshire, 1000 S. State St.; Hoffman Estates, 1165 N. Barrington Road; Huntley, 12090 Princeton Drive; Island Lake, 510 Auburn; Lake in the Hills, 280 N. Randall Road; Libertyville, 119 N. Milwaukee Ave. and 1179 W. Park Ave.; Lisle, 1109 Maple Ave.; Lombard, 1160 S. Main St.; Mount Prospect, 1001 S. Busse Road, 820 E. Rand Road and 1301 N. Wolf Road; Mundelein, 722 S. Route 83 and 346 N. Lake St.; Naperville, 811 E. Ogden and 1991 Brookdale Road; North Aurora, 407 S. Lincoln Way; Palatine, 801 E. Dundee; Park Ridge, 2606 W. Dempster and 1129 W. Touhy Ave.; Roselle, 247 E. Irving Park Road; Schaumburg, 477 W. Golf Road; St. Charles, 1711 W. Main St.; Streamwood, 656 S. Sutton Road; South Elgin, 514 Randall Road; Third Lake, 34484 N. Route 45; Vernon Hills, 700 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Villa Park, 1 W. St. Charles Road; Warrenville, 721 Route 59; West Chicago, 110 W. Roosevelt Road, 185 W. North Ave. and 330 S. Neltnor; Wheaton, 956 E. Roosevelt Road; Willowbrook, 7247 Kingery Hwy.; Wood Dale, 516 W. Irving Park Road and Woodridge, 1920 87th St., 6820 Route 53 and 2401 W. 75th St.

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