Illinois Attorney General Sets Up Hotline On Church Sex Abuse

Steve Miller
August 27, 2018 - 6:58 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has set up a hotline for people in Illinois to report allegations of sexual abuse by members of the clergy.

It was late last week when Madigan drew some conclusions based on a Pennsylvania grand jury report that said more than 1,000 children since the 1940s had been abused by priests and that church officials covered it up.

Seven of the 300 priests named in the report have ties to Illinois, Madigan said last week.

"Friday morning when I got to work, we had already received over 20 calls and communications from people throughout the state about concerns that they had,” she said Monday.

"The fact that they had been victims, even whistleblowers that were calling and wanted us to know information."

So, Madigan set up the hotline.

She said says she's encouraging people to call "as part of a broader investigation" she's doing in to the Catholic Church in Illinois. She said she wants to ensure church officials are reporting all instances of criminal activity.