PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2020
From the office of the Mayor
Lawrence M. Hanson
At a press conference held on Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker announced a “Stay at Home” order for the entire State of Illinois beginning March 21 at 5pm through April 7. Currently there are 585 cases in 25 counties across Illinois.
The “Stay at Home” order asks Illinoisians to remain in their homes, but allows for essential trips. Those employed in essential services will continue to go to work. The governor said people will still be able to go out to get food from the grocery store, to get medical supplies from the pharmacy, to visit their doctor or healthcare provider, to fill up their car at the gas station, or to go for a run, hike, or walk with their dog (while maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet). Many people will still be able to go to work, however all non-essential businesses must stop working, and anyone able to work from home must do so.
The Village of Antioch will continue to provide critical services to its residents. Police and Fire Departments will continue to operate with as much limited personal contact as possible. Antioch Police Officers will only be responding in-person to high-priority and emergency calls including, but not limited to: vehicle crashes, burglaries, domestic and non-domestic disturbances, and all other crimes against persons. To file a report or complaint that is of a non-emergency nature, the public is asked to continue to call the non-emergency line at (847) 395-8585. The telecommunicator will take the required information and an officer will contact you as soon as possible via telephone to handle the call for service.
Additional essential functions of the water and sewer systems will be continually monitored, as well as the wastewater treatment facility. Snow removal will be done in the event of a snowfall greater than 2”.
Village facilities will remain closed to the public, but online requests will still be monitored and phone lines will also remain open M-F from 8-5. We urge citizens to report any important issues online or on the phone, and remind them to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
We have also been notified by our waste hauler, Groot, that pickup will be limited to collection of garbage in either a cart, bag or can. Any direct contact with loose garbage at the curb would cause unnecessary risk to those drivers.
We understand the difficulty of this situation, will continue to communicate to our residents through our website and social media. We ask the people of Antioch to help our community by following the orders issued in the interest of public health and safety.