DIXON – Convicted mass murderer and parolee Carl Reimann will move to Chicago after leaving the Dixon Correctional Center.
According to Illinois Department of Corrections records as of Tuesday, July 16, Reimann, 78, is out on parole in Parole District 1, which includes Will County, along with southern and eastern parts of Cook County. Reimann’s updated address is listed within the 12000 block of Indiana Avenue in Chicago, according to records from the Illinois State Police Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry.
The update comes after Reimann served about 45 years for the 1972 murders of five people at a Yorkville restaurant, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Reimann, who lived in Sandwich at the time of his crime, had been in state prison since June 1973, after he was convicted of the Dec. 29, 1972, murders of five people during a robbery at the Pine Village Steak House, which used to be at the southwest corner of Route 47 and Route 34 in Yorkville. Reimann was granted parole last year but continued to stay in the Dixon prison following controversy of a potential housing placement in Downer’s Grove.
During the Kendall County Board meeting Tuesday, July 16, in Yorkville, Chairman Scott Gryder said he’s been hearing comments about how some people have responded to the news with the resolve that Reimann is elderly now and his appearance has changed.
“He’s a murderer that really tore at the fabric of this community many years ago,” Gryder said.
Gryder said during the meeting the news has reopened wounds, so to speak, for a lot of the family members of the five victims killed in the shooting. The victims included patron Dave Gardner, 35, of Yorkville; patron Robert Loftus, 48, of Yorkville; employee Catherine Rekate, 16, of Yorkville; employee George Pashade, 74, of Aurora; and bartender John Wilson, 48, of North Aurora.
Jason Sweat, spokesman for the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, said on Monday, July 15, that the IDOC approved a host site for Reimann. He said the approved site location will be released at a later date once Reimann’s change in residence is registered with the Illinois State Police Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry.
According to state law, Reimann must register his change of residence within three days.
Despite the status update on VINELink, Sweat said, Reimann still had not been discharged from the Illinois State Board of Corrections as of Monday, July 15.
“He’s still under supervision parole and will be for the foreseeable future,” Sweat said.
Sweat said Reimann is barred from entering Kendall County during the remainder of his parole.
Reimann originally was released from prison on April 26, 2018, by an 8-4 vote by the state’s Prisoner Review Board and was moved into a home in west suburban La Grange with members of a church that supported his parole.
He was moved to Calumet City after parole was granted and eventually was moved back to the Dixon Correctional Center to wait in prison following local residents and officials objecting to Reimann’s placement, since the home was across the street from a school.
Reimann and an accomplice, Betty Piche of Somonauk, entered the lounge area of the Pine Village Steak House on Dec. 29, 1972, with the goal of committing a robbery. After Piche cleared out the cash register, Reimann shot to death the two patrons and three employees.
Gryder said he’s sorry to the victims’ families for the state kind of giving them the run-around of where Reimann is going next going and that they didn’t notify those victims’ families about Reimann being released right away.
“It just kind of came out of nowhere, so shame on them for doing that,” Gryder said.