Illinois Budget Vote Delayed After Capitol Placed on Lockdown – Bloomberg

The Illinois House vote to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of budget bills was delayed on Thursday after the capitol was placed on lockdown.

The lockdown was announced on a loud speaker in the capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. Hazmat team and fire trucks are at the capitol, Representative Emanuel Chris Welch tweeted. Phone messages left for the Illinois capitol police and Illinois state police weren’t immediately returned. Emergency crews are at the capitol and no one is allowed in or out of the building, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The House’s votes are the last step in enacting a budget for the first time in three years. The Democrat-controlled House is scheduled to vote on three measures to override Rauner’s Tuesday veto of a $36 billion spending plan and tax hike. If approved, the state will end its record-long budget impasse. Without a budget, Illinois risks becoming the first junk-rated U.S. state.

Some lawmakers are chatting in small groups on the House floor. Comptroller Susana Mendoza and other lawmakers are outside the capitol waiting for the lockdown to lift, Abdon Pallasch, her spokesman, said. Governor Rauner is not in the building as he’s returning from funeral of a trooper who died in the line of duty last week, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Before the lockdown announcement, lawmakers on the floor were told there would be a “short delay” to wait for members to be able to enter the building. Representative Carol Ammons tweeted that capitol security was investigating a white powder substance thrown at the governor’s office.


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