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Missing Children's Day

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Press Release Date: May 23, 2003    || Archived May 27, 2003
CHICAGO, IL - The Illinois State Police, along with the other members of the InterState Enforcement Agencies to Recover CHildren (I-SEARCH) Advisory Council would like to announce its participation in the activities dedicated to celebrate MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY.

On May 22nd, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, proclaimed May 25, 2003 as MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY in Illinois and asks each citizen to observe this day by turning on porch lights and vehicle headlights to "LIGHT THE WAY HOME" for our missing children here in Illinois, and throughout the country.

The children of today are our citizens of tomorrow, our nation’s most valuable asset, and our link to the future. Their protection and safety must be one of our highest priorities. Locating and safely returning these children to their homes is a statewide objective. In addition to the already existing crimes against children, we now have the additional threat due to expansion of Internet Technology. "The Illinois State Police will continue to work with local, county, and federal agencies in efforts to ensure the future for our children," stated Larry Trent, Director of the State Police, "In honor of this day, our troopers will patrol the highways with their headlights activated."

The Advisory Council -- consisting of agencies from the following states; Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin -- along with criminal justice officials, missing children’s organizations, and concerned citizens throughout America, are joining together to celebrate May 25th.

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