Earlier this evening Governor JB Pritzker signed a disaster proclamation to expedite the use of state resources, personnel and equipment to help municipalities keep residents safe; DuPage County was one of the nine named counties. The Governor also activated an additional 250 members of the Illinois National Guard and over a hundred Illinois State Police Troopers to support various jurisdictions throughout the state in their work to protect communities.
Numerous communities surrounding Wheaton have continued to experience increased criminal activity including arson, criminal damage to property and vehicles, the looting of businesses, and some violent crime. Many of Wheaton’s businesses have chosen to board up or reduce their hours of operation during this time. The Wheaton Police Department will continue to protect our community with a heavy patrol presence in our business districts and residential neighborhoods until this ongoing countywide crisis is stabilized.
The Wheaton Police Department will continue to be alert for potential threats to the community. If you witness criminal or suspicious activity, the Wheaton Police Department encourages you to get to a safe location and call 9-1-1 for police response.