Budget vote delayed as Capitol building on lockdown

Geneva Matthews
July 7, 2017

Earlier, the Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, was placed on lockdown after a woman threw powder into the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor as well as in the House gallery, a fire department official said.

One person was taken into custody, according to Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, which oversees Capitol security. Other details about who was arrested was not immediately known.

The Illinois State Capitol, located in Springfield, Illinois, is the building that houses legislative and the executive branches of the government of the US state of Illinois. The lockdown was cancelled by about 3:30. The legislation includes a major income tax hike that the Democrat-controlled Legislature passed under threats by national credit rating agencies that the state's rating is approaching "junk" status due to billions in unpaid bills. The Illinois Senate voted to override the veto the same day. "The legislature could have passed a no tax hike, no reform balanced budget two years ago".

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

Emergency workers wearing protective gear inspected the office, and people outside the building were forbidden from entering.

The governor also compared the income tax increase to a "two-by-four smacked across the forehead".

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