Budget vote delayed as Capitol building on lockdown

07 July, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • UPDATE Lockdown Lifted at State Capitol

The all-clear was given shortly before 3:30 p.m. local time.

The Illinois State Capitol was placed on lockdown on Thursday afternoon as crews investigated a hazmat situation.

Reporter Greg Bishop is hearing unconfirmed reports there was an arrest and the building is on lockdown.

One person was taken into custody, said Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, which oversees Capitol security.


The Capitol's air conditioning system was shut off and a team in hazmat suits entered the building. The nation's fifth-largest state has been without a complete budget for two fiscal years due to political wrangling. The override, which took place on Independence Day, may help to end a budget deadlock that has plagued IL for two years.

The lockdown comes as the Illinois House of Representatives were preparing to vote on overriding Governor Bruce Rauner's budget veto.

The governor also compared the income tax increase to a "two-by-four smacked across the forehead". The tax hike was approved with 72 votes, so the absence of even a few lawmakers who previously voted for the plan could upend an override attempt.

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