The Illinois legislature was scheduled to vote this afternoon to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the budget bill, but that vote was postponed, not due to votes, but due to a mysterious white powder was thrown by a woman in the governor’s office. Hazmat crews in full protective suits were called to the capitol building as the rest of the building was placed on lock down until the powder could be identified.
The Illinois Capitol is on lockdown Thursday as emergency crews investigate a hazardous materials situation after a woman allegedly threw a powdery substance in the governor’s office.
A live video stream showed three people in hazmat suits and a Capitol police officer enter the reception area of the second floor governor’s office around 2:25 p.m. They moved a couch and knelt behind it, a bucket and plastic bags nearby. About 15 minutes later, they stood up, grabbed the plastic bags and bucket they had used, and left the office.
Before and after the crew entered, a couple of staffers could be seen sitting in the reception area. Springfield Fire Chief Barry Helmerichs told Gatehouse Media on Thursday a woman allegedly threw a powdery substance in the governor’s office…
The Democratic controlled legislature sent Gov. Rauner a budget bill that called for an increase to the state’s income tax, causing Rauner to veto the bill. This has been a long habit with Democrats whenever there is a budget shortfall or deficit or they want to spend more money. They just turn to increased taxes, instead of cutting spending, like what President Trump has been working on with the federal government.