Safety Warnings In Some Northern Illinois Communities Amid Protests

May 31, 2020

DeKalb police issued a city-wide alert Sunday night, ordering stores to close and for people to shelter in place because of “protests and looting.”

Damage near Hillcrest and Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb
Credit Spencer Tritt

A weekend of peaceful protests against police violence changed tone Sunday evening after most of the crowd that had been marching in the streets dispersed. There were reports of looting in the area of Hillcrest and Annie Glidden.

The warning came after two days of protests following the death of George Floyd.

Northern Illinois University also issued a notice of armed robbery, saying the DeKalb Police Department is investigating an Armed Robbery that occurred on Sunday, May 31 at approximately 7:33 P.M., Off-Campus, near the Intersection of Russell Road and Crane Drive.

Damage to a downtown Aurora bank
Credit Guy Stephens

The City of Aurora issued a state of emergency Sunday night. Aurora residents received a robo-call Sunday night about a curfew until 6 a.m. Monday morning. To further increase security, all Interstate 88 entrance ramps to Aurora will be closed during the curfew. Aurora residential or employment identification is necessary to obtain entrance from the interstate.

In Rockford, several area businesses closed early as a precaution.

Governor J.B. Pritzker activated National Guard members to Chicago in response to protests and looting there. The guard members were called in on a limited mission to manage street closures.

The Peoria Journal Star also reports protestors gathered in the parking lot of an East Peoria Walmart, where police fired pepper balls.

WGLT reports looters rushed into the Target and Walmart stores in Normal early Monday, capping an evening that began with a peaceful protest but soon turned dark.