Oak Park may declare state of emergency, rolling curfew

In light of recent acts of property destruction

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

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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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: June 2nd, 2020 11:12 PM

Brian Slowiak I was referring to people being outside and observing what is going on around them that would be helpful during times when car's are scouting area's

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: June 2nd, 2020 10:42 PM

@ Tommy "Real" McCoy: No observation skills needed. Just a working knowledge of how to use the record capability on your cell phone. After all, a cell phone recording started all of this.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: June 2nd, 2020 7:03 PM

Through all of this, think about what happens if our Village Trustee Arti Walker gets her way and slashes the police department here in Oak Park. One more election where people vote for Trustees like her and we can all be cowering in our homes.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: June 2nd, 2020 3:10 PM

Brian Slowiak I know the wording was wrong to use and it moves towards a Police State, which I know Oak Park never intends to happen and the written. I would agree with you that if people had your observation skills they would be a value to Police. Unfortunately, I do not think a lot of people do

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: June 2nd, 2020 2:39 PM

"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, streets ,roads, alleys, highways, driveways,sidewalks,parks, vacant lots and unsupervised property." Which means the citizen can not go out onto the front lawn or backyard of the property they own. The proclamation should read that all able body citizens be out in their front and back yards for as long as possible to detect and call film if not call the police on any group that is the area. Citizens, get out side your home, bar b que, cut grass or just sit. Watch and call the police if there are groups in the area. See the spray painting to the 1000,1100, 1200 blocks of north west Oak Park. DO NOT HIDE. You can allways retreat to the safety of your own home.

George Smith  

Posted: June 1st, 2020 6:54 PM

@Ken While I may not agree with him often, these looters need to be stopped cold.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: June 1st, 2020 6:54 PM

Yeah, only the Dear Holy Leader in the House We Call White should have the power to control our lives. Achtung, baby.

Ken Hayes from Oak Park  

Posted: June 1st, 2020 6:35 PM

I think it's time we stop giving our Village President, not mayor, unlimited power.

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: June 1st, 2020 6:25 PM

Good Idea!

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