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Antioch, Ill. issues curfew until further notice amid unrest

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Posted at 8:32 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 21:32:24-04

ANTIOCH, Ill. — The Mayor of Village of Antioch, Illinois has issued a curfew effective from 8 p.m. through 7 a.m. every day until further notice.

Mayor Lawrence M. Hanson said in a release that the village may be the target of "unknown groups wishing to incite civil unrest" following the shooting of Jacob Blake and the violence that has followed. He says the police department identified several social media posts that suggested the potential threat.

"As your Mayor, I take my responsibilities very seriously, and none more so than keeping our community safe for all," Hanson said.

The curfew will be in effect "as long as necessary," the mayor explained, "until this threatening situation no longer poses a threat to Antioch."

The Antioch Police Department will be enforcing the curfew.

"The need for the any continuation of the curfew will be continually evaluated, and I call on our community to understand the need for this measure," Mayor Hanson said.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department has also issued curfew for the county that goes into effect at 7 p.m. Wednesday, an hour earlier than the previous nights. The curfew is in place until Sunday. That curfew is in place for the area east of I-94.

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