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Joliet, Crest Hill announce curfews starting at 8 p.m.

Two men can be seen repairing the front door of a Walgreens on Monday, Jun. 1, 2020, after vandals looted the store Sunday night at the corner of Larkin Avenue and Ingalls Avenue in Joliet, Ill.
Two men can be seen repairing the front door of a Walgreens on Monday, Jun. 1, 2020, after vandals looted the store Sunday night at the corner of Larkin Avenue and Ingalls Avenue in Joliet, Ill.

Both Joliet and Crest Hill have set curfews that start at 8 p.m. Monday.

Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk on Monday set a city-wide curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. after a night of rioting in which several stores were vandalized and looted.

Crest Hill announced a curfew of the same hours due to "protesting, damage of property and attempted looting in our surrounding area last night," according to an announcement on the city website.

The Joliet curfew was set until further notice, while the Crest Hill curfew is set until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

O'Dekirk also declared a local state of emergency, the third since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But this emergency is due to the outbreak of street violence Sunday that followed two peaceful demonstrations protesting the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"The emergency is related to civil disturbance, specifically multiple acts of vandalism and violence within the city of Joliet on Sunday, May 31, 2020," states a news release announcing the actions.

The state of emergency is in effect until further notice.

Exceptions to the curfew, according to the release are "those traveling to and from work, seeking medical care or fleeing from dangerous circumstances; law enforcement, members of the news media and federal, state or local public officials conducting necessary work."

The city planned a press conference at 3:30 p.m. to discuss details.

This conference will be streamed live on the city’s Facebook page, carried on JCTV Channel 6, and shared to other social media outlets.

The mayor also has canceled a pre-council workshop meeting of the City Council, which had been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Joliet and Crest Hill border each other along the Larkin Avenue and Route 30 commercial corridors.

"Crest Hill had minor damage reported last night as extra police were called to support law enforcement efforts," according to the city announcement of the curfew there. "This decision was made in an attempt to keep all residents and local businesses safe."


 

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