Lockdown lifted after hazmat situation at Illinois State Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Capitol went on lockdown Thursday afternoon and delayed the vote to override the governor’s veto as hazmat crews investigated a suspicious powder in the governor’s office.

The Capitol was given the all clear around 3:30 p.m.

Shortly after the scheduled 1:30 p.m. start time, a House official announced there would be a delay as they waited for more lawmakers to be allowed into the building.

A few minutes before the start time, security guards walked a woman with her arms handcuffed behind her back through a hallway in back of the House chamber.

Illinois State Police did not say why the woman was arrested.

The governor was not at the Capitol. He was attending the the funeral of Trooper Ryan Albin who died in the line of duty last week, according to his staff.

WGN-TV’s Erik Runge was LIVE at the capitol. Watch the video:


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