Madigan: Check sex offender registry before trick-or-treating
Daily Herald staff report
Calling the number of known sex offenders in Illinois "extremely alarming," Attorney General Lisa Madigan said parents should check the sex offender registry before their children go out to trick-or-treat.
More than 30,200 registered sex offenders are listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, or about 1 in every 425 residents of Illinois.
More than 24,700 of those committed a crime against a child, Madigan said.
The registry, administered by the Illinois State Police, is at www.isp.state.il.us/sor/.
Madigan suggests parents check the registry before setting a route for their children to trick-or-treat.
"The number of known sex offenders throughout Illinois is extremely alarming, and they do not live in any one neighborhood or community; they live in every part of our state," she said.
Illinois law prohibits sex offenders who committed a crime against a child from distributing treats on Halloween.
Some police departments conduct surveillance of the homes of known sex offenders on Halloween and have made arrests.