ALTON, ILLINOIS — In a surprisingly candid Facebook post Alton, Illinois Mayor Brant Walker revealed that his wife Shannon was among a group of people busted at 1 a.m. Sunday at an Alton bar called Hiram’s Tavern for violating the state’s stay-at-home order.
The ooops moment happened just days after he directed the Alton Police Department to more strictly enforce the Governor’s statewide “Stay At Home” order through the use of citations.
“On Friday, due to the continued increase in cases of COVID-19 in Madison County, as well as increased reports of large gatherings, particularly in some of our city parks, I directed the Alton Police Department to more strictly enforce the Governor’s statewide “Stay At Home” order through the use of citations” Mayor Walker wrote on Facebook.
The Governor’s order states that “All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for limited purposes permitted by this Executive Order.”
“Our police department has increased its presence in the community, but unfortunately, while patrolling, they have noticed that quite a few of our residents are not adhering to the stay-at-home order mandated by the governor, which has now been extended to April 30th,” Walker said on Friday in a video posted to Facebook.
On Sunday Mayor Walker’s wife was arrested by police at a local bar.
In a statement issued Monday, the Mayor said (in part):
At approximately 1am on Sunday morning, I was informed by the Police Chief that the Alton Police Department was investigating and stopping a social gathering in downtown Alton that was occurring in violation of the provisions of the statewide “Stay At Home” order.
I was also made aware that my wife was in attendance at this prohibited social gathering. I instructed the Police Chief to treat her as he would any citizen violating the “Stay At Home” order and to ensure that she received no special treatment.
My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance, she exhibited a stunning lack of judgement. She now faces the same consequences for her ill-advised decision as the other individuals who chose to violate the “Stay At Home” order during this incident.
I am embarrassed by this incident and apologize to the citizens of Alton for any embarrassment this incident may cause our City.
Maybe it’s just us, but if Walker wasn’t aware that his wife was out at 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning on a weekend where every establishment in the state is supposed to be shut down, he might have a bigger problem than being embarrassed for the City.
He continued in his statement saying, “I have never been more optimistic about Alton’s future, and by working together to flatten the curve of COVID-19, we will emerge from this public health crisis stronger and more vibrant than ever.”
Police issued a complaint for “reckless conduct.”