Illinois House Delays Budget Session Amid Hazardous Materials Lockdown
Jul 07 2017
The woman who was arrested allegedly threw a white powder substance in Governor Bruce Rauner's office, the lieutenant governor's office and the gallery in the House, according to Springfield Fire Department Chief Barry Helmerichs.
City fire marshal Chris Richmond said no injuries were reported, according to the State Journal-Register, and a spokesman for the IL secretary of state's office, Dave Druker, said one person was in custody but gave no further details. The lockdown was cancelled by about 3:30. "The legislature could have passed a no tax hike, no reform balanced budget two years ago". "This tax hike will solve none of our problems".
Emergency workers wearing protective gear inspected the office, and people outside the building were forbidden from entering.
The budget plan would spend more than $36 billion on primary and secondary education, colleges and universities, social services, medical care for the poor and other government functions, with almost $5 billion in new taxes to help pay for it.
The incident delayed a crucial vote by the House of Representatives on overriding the governor's vetoes of fiscal 2018 budget bills. "This is a 2-by-4 smacked across the foreheads of the people of IL", the governor told reporters Wednesday.