Chicago George Floyd protests: WGN updates from June 1

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CHICAGO — In Chicago and surrounding areas over the weekend, protests against the killings of people of color by the police continued following the death of George Floyd.

While protests were largely peaceful, they turned into looting and riots in some areas, while groups of looters also targeted businesses across the region.

Stick with wgntv.com for the latest updates on Monday, June 1, 2020.

8:45 p.m.: Protests continue throughout North Side

Protesters marched and rallied peacefully on the city’s  North Side throughout the late afternoon and evening.

The rally started with a moment of silence and protesters taking a knee at the Belmont Redline stop. They then walked north to Sunnyside Avenue and Broadway Street where they sat at the intersection.

The group eventually made their way onto Lake Shore Drive and also marched down Wrigleyville.

7:24 p.m.: CTA announces service suspension

CTA will be suspending services on all lines starting at 9:30 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/cta/status/1267612945833484294

7:20 p.m.: Metra suspends service Tuesday

Metra has suspended service for Tuesday for the safety of their employees and the public, according to the company’s Twitter page.

6:58 p.m.: Woman hugs officer

A woman at a North Side protest thanked a Chicago officer for listening to her concerns and fears when it came to police.

5:30 p.m.: Protesters march through Boystown

A large group of people — many carrying signs — marched down Halsted Street in the city’s Boystown neighborhood.

Protesters were seen sitting peacefully at the intersection of Halsted Street and Sunnyside Avenue.

4:30 p.m.: Gov. Pritzker addresses protests and violence

The governor addressed the unrest across the Chicago area at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Gov. JB Pritzker announced a disaster proclamation for Cook, Champaign, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Madison, Macon, Sangamon and Will counties to coordinate state agencies and resources.

The governor also called on an addition 250 Illinois National Guard members and 300 state troopers to help local law enforcement across the state in cities that have experienced a surge of looting, and “destruction action.”

“An additional 300 Illinois State Police troopers are also coming on-line today into tonight to help keep our communities outside Chicago safe, with a focus on preventative measures and supporting local law enforcement where departments are running thin,” he said.

3: 45 p.m.: More protests begin in the city

Protesters gathered at Lincoln and Belden avenues in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood as another protest started at 71st Street and Clyde Avenue.

Protesters also gathered at the 3rd District’s police station. CPD Supt. David Brown came out to the area to reason with demonstrators and some shouted and got in his face. He soon got into his car and left.  

Some people in the area were there to help cleanup from previous protests.

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2 p.m.: Suburbs closing businesses or imposing curfews Monday

Municipalities across the Chicago area are imposing curfews or suggesting businesses close early Monday in the wake of unrest and looting on Sunday night. A curfew remains in effect in Chicago from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Alsip imposed a temporary curfew Sunday that will be in effect from 9 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday

Aurora will be reimposing a curfew in the city from 8:30 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday after protests in the city gave way to looting Sunday night

Calumet City imposed a nightly curfew Sunday from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. that will “continue every day until further notice” 

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk declared a third Local State of Emergency, imposing a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Village of Matteson president declared a State of Emergency imposing a temporary nighttime curfew, which will be in effect from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Naperville police are asking residents to avoid the downtown area Monday afternoon due to “unconfirmed” reports of planned protests, but no curfew has been announced

Park Forest is instituting a daily curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to remain in effect indefinitely, according to a tweet.

Tinley Park is requesting all businesses close by 3 p.m. and reimposed a curfew from 8 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to a tweet.

Additionally, the following communities have curfews in effect according to the Cook County Department of Emergency Management:

Berwyn: 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Blue Island: 7p.m. – 6 a.m.
Burbank: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Calumet Park: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Chicago: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Chicago Ridge: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Country Club Hills: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Dolton: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Evergreen Park: 5 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Hazel Crest: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Markham: 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Midlothian: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
North Riverside: 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Oak Lawn: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Oak Park: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Palos Park: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Richton Park: 9 p.m – 6 a.m.
River Forest: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Tinley Park: 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.

2 p.m.: Arrests, damage reported across Chicagoland area

The Joliet Police Department said 30 people were arrested Sunday night with charges ranging from “promoting civil unrest” to other crimes.

According to information provided by police, the majority of people arrested were from the Joliet area.

Oak Brook Police said Oakbrook Center mall closed early due to reports of looting, but a nearby Binny’s was struck by looters.

Skycam9 flew over scenes of looting across the area earlier Monday morning.

1:15 p.m. : Outlet stores close Monday

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont will be closed Monday, and police will maintain a “heavy presence” in the area, according to a tweet.

12:45 p.m.: Exit closures limit access to Chicago

A number of exit closures are restricting access to downtown Chicago and other areas. IDOT officials say essential workers can get through closures by showing their ID and a work ID.

According to Illinois State Police, all exit ramps on I-90/94 from 18th Street to Division Street are closed until further notice.

Additionally, the following Interstate exits are closed:

  • ‪I-94 N/B and S/B ramps to Sibley E/B
  • I-80 E/B and W/B at Torrence
  • I-94 N/B and S/B to Lake Street
  • I-94 N/B and S/B ramps to Old Orchard Road
  • I-290 E/B to Congress
  • I-94 N/B ramp to Congress
  • I-90 N/B ramp to Ohio
  • I-90 S/B to Ohio
  • I-94 N/B ramp to Cermak Chinatown Feeder

12 p.m.: Officials discuss unrest and looting in Aurora

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin was joined by Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz and others to discuss the unrest, looting and property damage in their city.

Police in west suburban Aurora battled unrest throughout the city Sunday night and into Monday morning.

11 a.m.: Cook County officials on unrest in the area, planned response

President Toni Preckwinkle appears in a press conference with Sheriff Tom Dart and Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security Director Bill Barnes to discuss the County’s response to the recent unrest. 

10:35 a.m.: CPS suspends food pickup Monday

The Chicago Public Schools’ summer food program is suspended Monday. Food for needy families will not be distributed out of an abundance of caution following the past few days of violence.

Families facing food emergencies can call the CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437) for help.

CPS has not decided whether the food program will resume Tuesday. Families had been served everyday ever since schools were locked down because of COVID-19.

10:30 a.m.: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CPD Supt. David Brown address unrest

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown and other city officials addressed unrest following death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

On Sunday alone, 699 people were arrested. A majority were looters on the South and West Sides of the city. Brown also said 132 officers were injured.

7:30 a.m.: All community-based COVID-19 testing sites closed

All Illinois community-based COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Monday, June 1.

To find another COVID-19 testing site near you, go to wgntv.com/testing.

7:15 a.m.: Looting investigations underway, some say outside groups to blame

WGN’s Larry Potash asked Chicago activist Jahmal Cole if he believes outside groups infiltrated Chicago to take advantage of the protests.

He said, “I’ve been an activist for a long time and a lot of people out there (looting) I haven’t seen before in my life.”

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said Monday morning she is working with the FBI to identify outside agitators and she’s viewing various sources of video to hold burglars accountable for their looting.

7 a.m.: Chicago-area DMV branches closed

Even though Illinois DMVs are scheduled to open Monday, the Secretary of State’s Office told WGN these Chicago branches will NOT open amid unrest:

  • 5301 W. Lexington
  • 5401 N. Elston
  • 9101 S. Martin Luther King Drive

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