Oak Brook police closing roads near mall for pro-law enforcement rally Sunday
Oak Brook police will close roads surrounding Oakbrook Center mall at noon today in preparation for a pro-law enforcement demonstration that organizers hope will be attended by thousands.
The Blue Ribbon Walk Chicagoland is scheduled to take place at noon in the area of Route 83 and 22nd Street. In a statement released this morning, Oak Brook police say that "in an effort to ensure the safety of the motoring public as well as the demonstrators," they will close northbound Route 83 from 22nd Street to 16th Street and westbound 22nd Street from Spring Road to Route 83 during the event.
"This event has been organized by a private citizen in response to demonstrations against the police all over the country," the police statement reads. "While we appreciate her intentions this event is not condoned or sponsored by the Oak Brook Police Department."
The organizer believes there may be in excess of 10,000 people participating in the walk, according to police. The roads will reopen at the end of the demonstration, police said.