Attorney General Madigan reminds parents to check sex offender registry to plan Halloween Routes

Madigan: Know your neighborhood                                                                                   


Chicago, IL – As Halloween approaches, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reminded families to  “know their neighborhood” and check the online sex offender registry when planning their trick-or-treat routes.  The Attorney General also issued a 10-question quiz designed to generate discussion about keeping kids safe during this time of year.

 “A majority of sex offenders commit their heinous crimes against children. I can’t stress how important it is, especially during this time of year, for parents to take advantage of the online registry,” Madigan said.  

Illinois law prohibits sex offenders on parole, mandatory supervised release or probation from distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween.

Parents and families can visit the Illinois Sex Offender Registry at or call the Illinois Sex Offender Registry Team’s (ISORT) Hotline at 1-888-41-ISORT (1-888-414-7678). The Sex Offender Registry website is administered by the Illinois State Police.

A total of 25,246 sex offenders are currently listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which 20,381, or almost 81 percent, committed a crime against a child.

In advance of Halloween, Madigan’s office also distributed 1,500 posters about the sex offender registry to local park districts, Secretary of State facilities, and Chicago and university police departments.