Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan spent a recent morning on a Dunkin’ Donuts rooftop in Glenview, IL, along with several police officers. The Dunkin’ Donuts annual “Cops on the Roof” event benefits the Illinois Special Olympic Games, held each June in Normal, IL.

The Illinois Dunkin’ Donuts event raised $243,000 to support the annual games. Glenview Dunkin’ Donuts customers who joined Madigan received thanks in the form of free donuts and other Dunkin’ favorites.

Local police officers stake out Dunkin Donuts to support the Special Olympics

Local police officers stake out Dunkin' Donuts to support the Illinois Special Olympics.

Glenview, Ill., Dunkin Donuts customers on June 1st who were simply expecting their regular morning cup of coffee and donut were no doubt a bit surprised to look up and see Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sitting  up on the roof of the building, waving and smiling. But it was just the Illinois Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees’ way of helping state police officers “shout from the rooftops” to raise money and increase public knowledge about a very important cause: the Illinois Special Olympics.

For the 10th year in a row, Illinois police officers staked out rooftops at 130 Dunkin Donuts in Illinois starting at 5 a.m. Each year, 3,000 cops take part in the “Law Enforcement Torch Run,” marching the Flame of Hope through their hometowns for 1,500 miles until they reach the games in Normal.

In addition to Glenview, several nearby towns participated including Elmhurst, Fairview Heights, Mundelein, and North Aurora, Illinois.

The response was incredible – in one day, Illinois Dunkin’ Donuts from around the state pulled in a grand total of $243,000, crushing 2011’s total of $215,000. The top store statewide, 2306 E. Oakland Avenue in Bloomington, Ill., raised $8,400!

According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Attorney General Madigan really enjoyed the fundraising effort, quoted as saying that she loves supporting the Special Olympics: “It’s one of the most meaningful things I do. We can help these kids have terrific opportunities, [and] it’s better than sitting in the office.”

To learn more about Special Olympics Illinois, or for volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562, or visit the website at

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