Illinois Amber Plan

updated 3/12/15

WebsiteIllinois Amber Alert
Administrating AgencyIllinois State Police
ContactCraig Burge
Illinois State Police
Steps for ActivationThe investigating local law enforcement agency contacts the Illinois State Police providing details of the abduction. If the AMBER Notification Plan criteria are met, activation is initiated. The Illinois State Police then ensures the child abduction information is disseminated to the broadcast community through the National Weather Service NOAA Weather Radio and secondary blast fax/email, posted here and on all Illinois state websites, and the information displayed on Department of Transportation and Tollway roadway message boards, and distributed to the Illinois Lottery. The Illinois State Police will also work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to activate Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to cell phones and various other secondary notification sources.

Media Participation
Once the child abduction information is received through the National Weather Service and/or secondary dissemination of email or fax, radio and television stations have the option on whether or not to re-broadcast the information. The media is encouraged to rebroadcast the alert every 30 minutes for at least 4 hours (not to exceed eight hours) after the notification was received. The further broadcast of the alert will be left up to the individual broadcasting station and is completely voluntary.

The media is an important partner in returning a child home safely because of the large audiences that can be reached through there broadcasts. The cooperation the Illinois media has shown has been tremendous in enhancing the awareness of the public to help in law enforcements efforts to safely recovering an abducted child When time is of the essence, the message that the media can relay can be the overwhelming factor in returning a child home.
Criteria for ActivationTo activate the AMBER Alert Notification Plan in Illinois, law enforcement agencies must ensure the following criteria are met:

1. Law enforcement must confirm a child has been abducted.
2. The child must be under the age of 16 or have a proven mental or physical disability.
3. Law enforcement must believe the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
4. There is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect’s vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help.
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide
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