UPDATED: June 1 at 5:46 p.m.
The city of Berwyn has imposed a curfew for all non-essential workers that begins at 6 p.m. and will last until 5 a.m. on June 2.
The city’s curfew notification on Facebook stated, “Reports of armed violence from Cicero heading westward towards City of Berwyn are being addressed by first responders.”
The city advised people to remain calm, stay in their homes and to report any suspicious activity to 708-795-5600.
Pace is once again suspending all bus service beginning at 7 p.m., with the expectation that service will resume at 6 a.m. on June 2.
Officials in North Riverside and Berwyn are bracing for a possible second wave of vandalism and looting on the afternoon of June 1, with reports of large groups of people gathering near the area.
North Riverside Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. has ordered a curfew effective at 3 p.m. through Tuesday, June 2 at 6 a.m. The village has ordered all businesses closed, and Berwyn police and public works crews have barricaded Cermak Plaza entrances and have also barricaded some streets and alleys in the vicinity of Harlem Avenue and Cermak Road.
“I want to assure you that this step is being taken as a precautionary measure to ensure that residents remain safe during this precarious time,” Hermanek said in an email notice sent to residents Monday afternoon. “Your cooperation is vital to the safety of our community.”
The entrances and exits to North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, where hundreds of looters broke in and stole merchandise on Sunday, remain barricaded by vehicles to prevent a repeat of yesterday’s events there, which included a 22-year-old man being shot dead on the property outside Olive Garden restaurant.
Detectives continue to investigate that shooting.
Meanwhile, Riverside President Ben Sells told the Landmark that all of that village’s business will close at 3 p.m. While Riverside was not imposing a formal curfew, Sells said Riverside officials are requesting that residents stay home.
In a email to residents of Berwyn, mayor Robert Lovero said that all eastbound traffic on Roosevelt Road “is being rerouted to control current disruption identified in the community.”