(325 ILCS 5/7.6)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2057.6)
There shall be a single State-wide, toll-free telephone number
established and maintained by the Department which all persons, whether
or not mandated by law, may use to report suspected child abuse
or neglect at any hour of the day or night, on any day of the week. Immediately
upon receipt of such reports, the Department shall transmit the contents
of the report, either orally or electronically, to the appropriate Child
Protective Service Unit. Any other person may use the State-wide number
to obtain assistance or information concerning the handling of child abuse
and neglect cases.
Wherever the Statewide number is posted, there shall also be posted the
"Any person who knowingly transmits a false report to the Department
commits the offense of disorderly conduct under subsection (a)(7) of
Section 26-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012. A violation of this subsection is a Class 4 felony."
(Source: P.A. 97-189, eff. 7-22-11; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)