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Joliet keeps curfew, Crest Hill calls it off

A road leading to a McDonald's on Plainfield Road in Joliet was blocked off Monday night as the city enforced a curfew aimed at averting a second night of rioting.
A road leading to a McDonald's on Plainfield Road in Joliet was blocked off Monday night as the city enforced a curfew aimed at averting a second night of rioting.

An 8 p.m. curfew will remain in effect in Joliet Tuesday night.

Crest Hill called off a similar curfew that was put in place Monday.

Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk said he will continue to monitor events day by day to determine how long the city remains under a curfew that requires people to be off the streets between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

"The curfew seemed to work well last night from all accounts, which is good," O'Dekirk said. "There is no way we can have a repeat of what happened Sunday,"

Ten stores were looted Sunday and 30 people were arrested in rioting that included setting fire to Valle's Produce, a grocery at 704 W. Jefferson St., attempts to break into the Louis Joliet Mall, and looting at several stores in between, including Target and Walgreens stores.

Three businesses in Crest Hill had broken windows that night, said Mayor Ray Soliman.

"There was no entry made at any of the three," Soliman said.

Soliman said Crest Hill was calling off the curfew but would closely monitor what happens.

"We will have extra patrols out tonight," he said.

In Joliet on Monday, a Black Lives Matter protest held at the corner of Jefferson Street and Larkin Avenue broke up at 8 p.m. as the curfew went into effect.

"I'm really thankful to the protesters last night and how well it went," O'Dekirk said.

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