Local and state officials are taking some extra precautions in light of the twin bombings that occurred at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is asking all public safety agencies to remain vigilant, and the Illinois State Police will remain vigilant through all patrol operations. State police are asking all motorists to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Although no connection has been made between the Boston bombing and Chicago, the Chicago Police Department is asking first responders to “use extreme caution” when dealing with suspicious packages and suspicious persons.
Additionally, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications issued the following statement: “We are closely monitoring events as they unfold in Boston and the City of Chicago’s public safety departments are actively communicating with our law enforcement partners both locally and throughout the country. At this time, we are not aware of any additional threats.”
In response to the bombing, Metra has also announced that it has stepped up security.
Metra said customers may see “an increased police presence” at Downtown stations and on board trains, according to an alert posted on Metra’s website.
Metra also urged customers to notify a conductor or Metra police officer if they see anything unusual or out of the ordinary, the alert said.
In response to the bombings, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement:
“I called Mayor Thomas Menino this afternoon to convey support from the people of Chicago. During this time of tragedy and uncertainty, the people of Boston are in our thoughts and prayers. The running of the Boston Marathon and Patriots Day are time-honored traditions. While the details of today’s tragedy are still unclear, one thing was immediately known: the patriotism and professionalism of public servants and first responders. Our hearts go out the first responders, runners, volunteers and spectators in Boston today.”
The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.