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Romeoville official denies mayor's involvement over mask enforcement issue

Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville.
Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville.

A Romeoville village official denied that the mayor was involved in a case where a police officer reportedly informed a retail business that if they did not prevent customers without masks from entering, the store manager would be arrested for reckless endangerment.

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association received a report from one retail business that claimed Romeoville Mayor John Noak sent a police officer to let them know they must “refuse any individuals at the front doors that are not wearing a mask,” otherwise the store manager would be “arrested for reckless endangerment,” according to Capitol Fax’s website.

Romeoville Assistant Village Manager Dawn Caldwell sent a statement that said the village received calls Friday from multiple residents who were concerned “to the point they were in tears” with the lack of face coverings by customers at a Jewel-Osco store.

An officer was sent to the store to “inquire about the concerns raised,” she said.

“Contrary to information released by the IRMA, the mayor nor any elected official were involved in this matter,” Caldwell said.

Noak did not directly answer questions about the incident and only said the village staff “will be sending you a written response.”

Caldwell confirmed there was an incident Friday where a person who was blocked from entering Walmart had threatened to come back to the store with a gun. The person was turned away for not wearing a mask.

“The police responded but the individual had already left. There are no suspects at this time. The investigation is ongoing,” Caldwell said.

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