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Illinois Lawmakers React After Trump Supporters Storm Capitol

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.

5:45 p.m. Update

SPRINGFIELD – Republican congressmen from Illinois are denouncing the pro-Trump extremists who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday. Amid the chaos and evacuations of legislators and staff, reaction is coming in slowly.

In a statement, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL13) says he and his staff are safe. He calls this a “sad day for our country,” and says “the lawlessness has got to stop.” 

Meanwhile, his northern Illinois colleague Adam Kinzinger (R-IL16) is going much further, calling into multiple news broadcasts to blame on his own party for the insurrection. On NBC, Kinzinger says, “anybody that calls themself a Republican, like myself, should be very ashamed right now.” Kinzinger says President Trump is responsible for what happened today, but he’s long been critical of the president.

Southern Illinois Republican Congressman Mike Bost (R-IL12), however, has been more closely aligned with Trump, even signing onto the Supreme Court brief attempting to overturn the election. Bost issued a statement saying he was safe and calling the actions in D-C (quote) “un-American” — but on President Trump, he was silent. – Brian Mackey, Illinois Newsroom


WASHINGTON – Angry supporters of President Donald Trump have stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power. They have forced lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump issued a restrained call for peace but did not call on his supporters to leave. Earlier, in a huge rally near the White House, the president had egged his supporters on to march to Capitol Hill. – Associated Press



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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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