LIVE BLOG: Chicago George Floyd protest updates from June 2

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CHICAGO — Peaceful protests amid looting and violence continue following the police killing of George Floyd.In Chicago and its suburbs, unrest continues.

Stick with WGN throughout the day for the latest updates on June 2, 2020.

6:30 p.m. Mayor delivers State of the City address

Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the city in the State of the City address after days of unrest and called on residents to stand for peace.

She said she will implement police accountability reform measures laid out by a police accountability task force within the next 90 days. Those measures include:

  • better and different training for police officers which brings the community into the academy
  • training on the history of neighborhoods taught by community members, expanding on programs like My Block, My Hood, My City for youth-led tours
  • implementing a “real” officer wellness program, completing officer support system early intervention pilot

5:45 p.m. Protesters sit peacefully at intersection

Protesters gathered in front of the Target at Division and Larrabee streets and sat at the intersection and chanted.

4 p.m. Protesters march down Clark Street

A large group of protesters marched throughout the city’s North Side peacefully. Many carried signs and stopped at various intersections to sit and spread their message.

2:30 p.m. Pritzker signs legislation allowing sale of cocktails for pickup, delivery

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill allowing the sale of cocktails by bars and restaurants with liquor licenses for pickup and delivery.

“Restaurants and bars are beloved businesses in so many of our communities and also some of the hardest hit from the COVD-19 pandemic,” he said. “This legislation will provide these businesses with a critical tool to bring in additional income until they can safely and fully reopen their doors once more.”

According to a press release, cocktails can only be delivered in a sealed, labeled container with a tamper-evident cap or seal by an employee of the liquor license holder who is over the age of 21 and trained in responsible alcohol service. 

Cocktails may not be delivered via a third party delivery app. 

Cocktails can only be delivered after an employee verifies the age as well as the level of intoxication of the consumer.

2:15 p.m.

The town of Cicero declared a state of emergency and implemented a curfew after a deadly night of unrest and looting.

Two men were killed Monday in two separate shootings. Police also arrested 60 people — nearly half were for theft and burglary.

2 p.m. Cicero police news conference

The Cicero town president and police held a news conference to discuss recent violence and looting in the area. Watch that news conference in the player above.

12:30 p.m. State officials, organizers and faith leaders for peaceful protest and addressing systemic racism

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Governor JB Pritzker, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Jahmal Cole of My Block, My Hood, My City, North Lawndale community activist Princess Shaw and other faith-based and community leaders called for peaceful protests and a commitment to addressing systemic racism Tuesday.

12:10 p.m.: Scenes of damage from across Chicagoland

SkyCam9 flew damaged stores near 87th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway.

11:30 a.m.: More protests in Chicago and suburbs planned for Tuesday, coming days

Additional peaceful protests are planned for in Chicago and surrounding suburbs for Tuesday and Wednesday, according to social media. 

Chicago at Wrigley Field at 2 p.m.

Hinsdale on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

11:15 a.m.: Chicago will move to next phase of reopening on Wednesday

The City of Chicago will still advance to the next phase of its coronavirus reopening plan despite ongoing unrest over the death of George Floyd.

10:25 a.m.: Cubs issue statement condemning racism

In a statement posted to social media, the Chicago Cubs said Tuesday:

“The Chicago Cubs condemn racism in all its forms and decry violance against members of the Black community… We support peaceful protests and pledge to channel our energies to rebuilding our city, especially the disenfranchised neighborhoods, as a way to build a stronger Chicago.”

Chicago Cubs, Statement posted to Twitter

10:20 a.m.: Cicero police urge residents to stay home, say “all crowds will be dispersed”

The Cicero Police Department issued a statement encouraging residents “to stay home” Tuesday night and not “take the law into their own hands” after there were multiple shootings, two people killed and 60 arrested during unrest in the town Monday.

“We are NOT encouraging anyone to take the law into their own hands. If you see something, say something and we will come… You are safer at home,” the statement said.

Police said there will be closures along Cermak and Cicero avenues Tuesday, and “All crowds will be dispersed.”

9:40 a.m.: Metra and Divvy shut down, no service on some CTA routes

Both Metra and Divvy bikes remain shut down Tuesday.

Limited CTA and bus service began after 6 a.m. Tuesday outside the restricted downtown area. CTA buses will have no service between Western to the lakefront and Fullterton to 47th.

CTA trains will have no service in the following areas:

  • Red Line trains will have no service between Belmont to 47th.
  • Blue Line trains no service between Western (O’Hare) to Western (FP).
  • Brown and Purple lines no service between Loop to Belmont.
  • Pink Line no service between Loop to Western.
  • Green Line no service between California to 47th.
  • Orange Line no service between Loop to 35th.

9:30 a.m.: Some shopping centers remain closed Tuesday

The Harlem and Irving Plaza shopping center will be closed Tuesday “due to an abundance of caution,” according to a post on social media.

7:50 a.m.: Road / exit closures remain in effect around Chicago

All exit ramps on I-90/94 from 18th Street to Division Street in Chicago are closed until further notice. Illinois State Police announced the following road closures until further notice:

  • I-88 E/B and W/B ramps to IL-59
  • I-94 N/B and S/B ramp to 159th
  • 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

7 a.m.: Community-based COVID-19 testing sites closed

All Illinois community based testing sites for COVID-19 will be closed Tuesday. To find a testing site near you, go to wgntv.com/testing.

6:30 a.m.: Scenes of damage in Naperville

SkyCam9 flew over property damage in Naperville. Here is more coverage on looting in Naperville amid peaceful protests.

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