Police presence heavy around Illinois Capitol Building but area remains quiet


A heavy police presence remained at the Illinois Capitol Building Sunday.

Last week, the FBI issued an intelligence bulletin warning of "armed protests" being planned at all 50 state capitols.

That comes on the heels of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, interrupting the certification of President-Elect Biden’s Electoral College. It resulted in the deaths of five people and significant damage to federal property. 

So far, the weekend has been quiet around the Illinois Capitol. Two people showed up for a "Save Our State" protest Saturday afternoon.

8:58 a.m.: Barricades are up around the Illinois Capitol Building.

Monroe Street is closed at College Avenue, Second Street is closed at Monroe, Edwards Street is closed at College and Capitol Avenue is closed at the overpass.

7:40 a.m: It remains quiet around the Illinois Capitol Building as a light snow begins to fall Sunday morning.

"Road closed" signs are ready to be deployed in anticipation of street closures and Springfield Police surveillance cameras placed in strategic areas. 

Backing up law enforcement will be 250 members of the Illinois National Guard, who were activated by Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday.

Illinois National Guard members patrol the intersection of Monroe Street and College Avenue in the shadow of the Illinois Capitol Building. Gov. JB Pritzker called up 250 members of the Guard last week against threats of violence against state capitals. [Steven Spearie/The State Journal-Register]

This story will be updated.

Contact Steven Spearie: 622-1788, sspearie@sj-r.com, twitter.com/@StevenSpearie.

via The State Journal-Register

January 17, 2021 at 01:37PM

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