“These are very serious times and I’m begging you to please stay at home,” Brant Walker, mayor of Alton, Illinois, said in a briefing on Friday.
Less than 48 hours later, police broke up a gathering at Hiram’s Tavern in downtown Alton. Among those in attendance: Walker’s wife.
Walker announced in a statement on Monday that police had investigated and stopped a social gathering in violation of Illinois’ statewide order around 1 a.m. on Sunday. He said police also informed him that his wife was there.
“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,” Walker’s statement read.