UPDATE – The lockdown at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield has been lifted.
The material investigated by a HazMat team was deemed safe. It is unclear if the lockdown will create a delay in an expected vote to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a new state budget.
Illinois House members and others have been barred from entering the Illinois Capitol building due to a reported HazMat scare.
According to Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park), lawmakers are not being allowed into the Capitol building while police investigate a potential hazardous substance near the Governor’s Office in the Capitol Building. Photos he sent to ‘Eyewitness News’ show emergency vehicles staging outside the Statehouse.
Conflicting accounts report that either someone threw or spotted a while powder outside the Governor’s office.
The House is set to convene this afternoon to vote on a budget bill vetoed by the Governor which would raise the both individual and corporate income taxes in the state.
More details as they become available.