IL authorities prepare for possible riots at state capitol

Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 7:46 AM CST
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Springfield, IL (KWQC) - Safety plans are in the works nationwide after the FBI issued a warning stating armed protests are planned in all 50 state capitals.

Several authorities in regions like Philadelphia, Minneapolis, California, and Mississippi have been preparing, including Illinois.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered the activation of approximately 200 Illinois National Guard members in support of the 59th presidential inauguration.

“Supporting the presidential inauguration is a great opportunity for the Illinois National Guard to be part of history and represent the state of Illinois,”

After reaching out to the Springfield Police Department, officials say the following in a statement:

“The Springfield Police Department is working with our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal level to track and monitor possible events at the Illinois Capitol this weekend. Through this coordination and partnership we will be prepared to address any issues that may arise.”

TV6 is still awaiting updates on safety plans for Iowa’s state capitol.

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