Don’t be alarmed if you see some of Evanston’s Finest perched on the roof of the Dunkin’ Donuts shop at 1900 Dempster St. tomorrow.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers throughout the state will be on rooftops to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

On Friday, from 7 a.m. ’til noon, the location at 1900 Dempster St. will be manned by officers from the Evanston Police Department.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $35 million in the last 29 years in support of the cause.  

Each year, more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.  It is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.  The Torch Run has set a goal of raising $4 million in 2015. 

In honor of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and police officers supporting the rooftop event, Dunkin’ Donuts created “The Champion” donut, a glazed donut ring with red and white icing depicting Special Olympics colors.  The donut will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Chicago and the suburbs May 26-29.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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