More On Fake Threats Made To Schools Across IL

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Illinois State Police is reporting local law enforcement in 19 counties, totaling 21 calls, received threats directed towards schools on Wednesday. Responders have not located any actual threats as a result of these calls. The ISP Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center currently has no information concerning credible threats related to school safety. Law enforcement, public safety, and private sector security officials are encouraged to remain vigilant and report all suspicious behavior to local police agencies.

Communities in Illinois, and across the country, are experiencing what is referred to as swatting – dangerous and illegal fake calls about an active shooter situation, typically at a school. While state and national intelligence agencies have seen a pattern of these fake calls, each call is taken seriously.

Counties in Illinois that reported calls Wednesday include:

Champaign in Champaign County

Springfield in Sangamon County

Chicago in Cook County

Freeport in Stephenson County

Aurora in DuPage County

Marion in Williamson County

Carbondale in Jackson County

Rockford in Winnebago County

Murphysboro in Jackson County

Mount Vernon in Jefferson County

Vienna in Johnson County

Dixon in Lee County

Decatur in Macon County

Granite City in Madison County

Collinsville in Madison County

Centralia in Marion County

Bloomington in McLean County

Jacksonville in Morgan County

Peoria in Peoria County

Pittsfield in Pike County

Eldorado in Saline County

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