George Floyd protests in Illinois

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George Floyd protests in Illinois
Part of George Floyd protests
DateMay 28, 2020 – present (1 month, 2 weeks and 6 days)
Illinois, United States
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Cities in Illinois in which a protest with about 100 or more participants was held ()

There have been a series of George Floyd protests in Illinois. As of June 2020, demonstrations and protests have been held in at least 30 communities around the state, with major demonstrations happening since May 26 in Chicago.



On the night of May 31, rioters in Aurora looted shops and set a series of fires throughout the suburb's downtown area, already financially debilitated by the COVID-19 lockdown. Police responded by firing tear gas and shooting rubber bullets at the crowd, which reached about 500 people in size at its height. The demonstrators, in turn, hurled pieces of concrete and other items at officers. Besides plundering local businesses, the crowds set fire to three police vehicles, a bank drive-thru, and a Family Dollar location. A gas tank on one squad car exploded, and flames consumed the entire vehicle.[3]


On June 6, hundreds gathered in Citizens Park to protest police brutality and other issues in the black community.[4]


On June 3, around 175 people marched to the St. Clair County Building in support of Black Lives Matter and called for justice for George Floyd.[5]


On May 29, a group of around 10 to 15 protesters gathered during the evening and demonstrated at the median of the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Clearwater Avenue. Protesters stated that the event initially consisted of a small group of people, but others eventually joined the demonstration.[6]


The Kankakee County sheriff department encouraged residents and motorists to avoid the Northfield Square Mall after reports of looting on May 31.[7]

Calumet City

Following reports of looting and damaged buildings at River Oaks Mall the evening of May 31, a mandatory curfew was implemented.[7]


On June 2, dozens of protesters gathered at Jones Park for the Stop the Hate protest. The event remained peaceful with no arrests or violent acts made. There were no reports of looting during the protest, and there have been no reports made thus far.[8]


Hundreds of protesters organized by Champaign–Urbana Black Lives Matter gathered at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana on June 1. Speakers and city officials were heard and then the crowd took to the streets. At one point, a road was unblocked so a vehicle could get to Carle Foundation Hospital.[9][10] The protesters marched to the Urbana Police Department for more speeches, particularly concerning the April arrest in Urbana of Aleyah Lewis, and then continued towards downtown Champaign, ending at the Champaign Police Department.[11] A second march through Champaign on June 6, primarily organized by high school students and recent graduates, drew thousands of protesters.[12] Hundreds of protesters marched through Champaign in an "All Black Lives Matter" rally on June 28, the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, with a focus on injustices faced by LGBTQ black people.[13]


Warning sent to smartphones regarding a temporary suspension of CTA services on the night of May 31, 2020.

Numerous protests occurred over the course of five days[which?] in Chicago.[failed verification]


On June 3, a peaceful protest was held for over two hours in the evening at the corner of Deerfield and Waukegan roads. It was organized by a group of high school students.[14]

Downers Grove

Authorities were responding to reports of looting at a Best Buy location on the 1400 block of Butterfield Road. Village officials encouraged residents to remain in their homes and for establishments to close immediately.[7]


Elgin police officer busts a move, and the protest audience loves it.[15]

Evergreen Park

On June 3, hundreds gathered for a peaceful protest at Klein (Circle) Park in the afternoon. The protest was organized by a group of local high school students. [16]


On June 4, there was a small protest near the intersection of East Lake and Shermer Road in the afternoon. [17]

On June 10, there was another small protest on Glenview Road near the Metra station downtown. [18]


On May 29, a Black Lives Matter protest began at 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Caton Farm Road and Route 59. The event was scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m., and around 100 protesters had gathered by 3:00 p.m.. The demonstration remained peaceful, and one group consisted of local high school students.[19]

La Grange

On June 3, protesters gathered outside the La Grange Village Hall and marched to the Stone Avenue Metra Station.[20]


On the afternoon of June 1, hundreds of peaceful protesters in LaSalle marched from the LaSalle Fire Station to City Hall and observed nine minutes of silence. Many local residents threatened to bring guns to the protest in case it turned violent, but no violence occurred.[21]


About 500 protesters gathered at the Piatt County Courthouse in Monticello on June 6 for speeches, then marched around the business district and concluded the protest back at the courthouse.[22]

Mount Vernon

An estimated 40-60+ marched against brutality on Broadway. No arrests were made.[23]


Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Naperville Police Department on June 1. The Mayor and other officials "took a knee" with the protesters.[24]

New Lenox

Residents received an alert on May 31 warning them to “stay close to home and remain vigilant,” as protesters were traveling during the afternoon near the stretch of the Lincoln Highway in the area.[7]


About 300 protesters gathered and marched peaceful around the Ogle County Courthouse Square on June 12, 2020. The protestors held a moment of silence for 8:46 in honor of Floyd at the end of the march. Money was also raised through donations and the sale of goods to fund various BLM causes.

Orland Park

Protests took place near Orland Square Mall as well as near 159th Street and LaGrange Road, according to the Orland Park Police Department.[7]


Thousands of protesters marched from the Gateway Building to the Peoria Police Department on May 30; the crowd was peaceful and people from a variety of races and ages, including children, attended.[25] Protests also started at a Walmart in Peoria, then appeared at the Walmart in East Peoria. The East Peoria police chief said that the protests were mostly peaceful, but that the police responded with pepper balls in instances when projectiles were thrown at the police line, and the side of a nearby Lowe's hardware store was set on fire.[26] No one was injured in those incidents.[27]

Near Peoria's malls on May 31, businesses closed early and police blocked mall access. No protests or other crowds gathered near Northwoods Mall that night,[27][28] but looting at other locations were reported. A local black man was later arrested on federal criminal charges for posting Facebook videos from various business areas, from 5 p.m. on May 31 to early on June 1, telling people to come to vandalize and loot, and complaining that locations were "peaceful as hell"; it appeared that he first targeted Northwoods Mall but changed locations after discovering a police presence.[29]

On June 3, a peaceful vigil with a drum circle was held on the south side of Peoria and attended by about 200 people.[30]


On May 30, about 1,000 protesters gathered in Rockford to protest the death of George Floyd. The protests soon turned violent and the Rockford Police Department District 1 building was vandalized with damaged signs and broken windows.[31]


Peaceful protesters gathered at the town square at the corner of Schaumburg Road and Roselle Road.[32]


On June 4, around 2,000 people marched peacefully from Dempster and McCormick to Golf. [33]

On June 14, people gathered in Oakton Park and downtown Skokie for a "Vigil for Black Lives". Businesses, houses of worship, and cultural organizations also participated. [34]


More than 1000 protested peacefully on Ninth Street on June 1. The chief of Police said there were no problems with the protesters. Roads were blocked by the city to protect the demonstrators.[10]

St. Charles

On June 6, around 1,000 people gathered in Lincoln Park for a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally.[35]

Tinley Park

On June 2, around 150 people gathered in Downtown Tinley Park, just West of the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station, for a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally. [36]


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