The wife of an Alton, Illinois Mayor Brant Walker was found in a bar less than 48 hours after her husband said he'd crack down on those violating stay-at-home orders.
"These are very serious times and I'm begging you to please stay at home," Mayor Walker told the public on Friday. Around 1 a.m. on Monday, police notified him that his wife was at Hiram's Tavern. "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 said in a statement.
Walker's wife and others at the bar face a reckless conduct charge, which is a class A misdemeanor punishable by a $2,500 fine or up to 364 days in jail.
Walker added, "My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance she exhibited a stunning lack of judgment... I am embarrassed by this incident and apologize to the citizens of Alton."