Oak Park’s village board will vote on an ordinance at 6:30 p.m. tonight to allow Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb to declare a local state of emergency beginning June 1 and ending June 9, as well as the authority to enforce a nightly curfew.

According to the ordinance, under the curfew, “the Village President may order that it is unlawful for any persons to travel on any public street or in any public place.”

The ordinance defines “public place” as meaning “any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including, but not limited to, public streets, roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.”

 As the nation grapples with widespread rioting and looting amid protests prompted by the death of George Floyd, the village of Oak Park has not gone unscathed. Eight Oak Park businesses were damaged overnight May 31, despite the implementation of an emergency curfew that barred people from outside activities starting 9 p.m. and lasting until 6:00 a.m., June 1.

The ordinance on which village board will vote tonight does not dictate the curfews hours, should the ordinance pass.

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