CHICAGO, IL â€“ As Halloween approaches, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reminded parents to check the stateâ€™s sex offender registry (www.isp.state.il.us) and with their local law enforcement agency before determining trick-or-treat routes for their children. This week, Madiganâ€™s office will assist local law enforcement agencies in conducting compliance checks on registered sex offenders through her Illinois Sex Offender Registry Team (I-SORT) to ensure safe neighborhoods for children and their families as they venture out for the holiday.
â€œOur compliance checks verify that offenders actually live where they claim to so we can ensure the registry continues to serve as a useful tool for parents,â€ Madigan said. â€œI encourage families to check the registry before they head out on Halloween to help them plan safe trick-or-treating routes for their children.â€
Madigan noted that Illinois law prohibits sex offenders on parole, mandatory supervised release or probation from distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween. To improve Illinoisâ€™ Sex Offender Registry and increase the compliance rate of registered sex offenders, Madigan created the Illinois Sex Offender Registry Team (I-SORT) in 2003 and launched a statewide public awareness campaign to educate Illinoisans about the registry and the information available on the site.
Madiganâ€™s office also established a toll-free hotline â€“ 1-888-41-ISORT â€“ which the public and law enforcement can call with questions and with tips about non-compliant sex offenders. As of October 2013, there are more than 26,000 registered sex offenders in Illinois.