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Will County Officials report limited damage to buildings during recent disturbances; Remain focused on safety for residents and businesses
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Will County Officials report limited damage to buildings during recent disturbances; Remain focused on safety for residents and businesses

In light of recent tumultuous actions, both locally and regionally, Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey and Will County Executive Chief of Staff Nick Palmer encourage residents to keep protests peaceful. There was very little impact to county buildings during recent riot activity that affected many businesses across the county.

“We’d like to thank the many residents who channeled their energy into peaceful protests,” Winfrey said. “We hope that others will realize that violence does not help any cause, and in fact creates barriers. We want to work with our residents to make sure that our policies and practices support all members of our communities.”

Over the weekend, looting and other illegal protests took place in Joliet and many other cities across the state and the nation. County officials said they respect the right of free speech and to assemble peacefully and encourage residents to be mindful illegal actions do have consequences.

“We understand people are sincerely outraged by recent events and want to make their voices heard,” Palmer said. “But smashing store windows and stealing merchandise does nothing to help this issue.”

Both Winfrey and Palmer acknowledge the immense dedication of first responders and thank them for their professional service in this difficult time.

“The men and women of police and fire departments across the county, as well as our sheriff’s deputies, are committed to preserving the public safety of all our residents,” Winfrey said. “In particular I would like to thank Joliet Police Department and Sheriff’s Department for protecting our facilities and our residents.”

Added Palmer, “during this pandemic, the safety of our residents and our business owners is paramount to all of us in county government. Working together is the best way to keep our county and our communities safe from the COVID virus and promote social changes.”
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