In spite of one of the nation’s highest unsolved murder cases on record, Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot is ordering the city’s police department to invest their resources in pulling over city residents to “inform” them of the state’s stay-at-home dictate.
Ordered by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the order was initially set to expire on April 7, but has since extended the ban until the end of April, as reported by NBC News of Chicago.
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According to police, officers will stop motorists at the checkpoints, focusing on traffic safety and providing information about the state’s “stay-at-home” order. Each driver will be given a flyer containing information about the parameters of the order, which remains in effect until April 30 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Travel is not prohibited during the “stay-at-home” order, but state officials say that travel can only be done for what it calls “essential” reasons.
Those reasons can include:
- Performing essential activities, governmental functions, business and operations
- Caring for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons
- Receiving materials for distance learning, receiving meals and any other related services from an educational institution.
- Returning to a place of residence from outside of jurisdiction
- Following the direction of law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement
- Returning to a place of residence outside the state for non-residents