Pritzker Activates National Guard As FBI Warns Of State Capitol Protests

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard amid FBI warnings of potential armed protests at the 50 U.S. state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Crews could also be seen Friday placing plywood over the windows of the Illinois State Capitol building in […]

Illinois National Guard Activated To Secure State Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois National Guard members will be on duty this weekend in Springfield in response to state capitols being threatened across the country. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that members of the National Guard will be working closely with state Police and local and federal authorities to keep the capital city safe. Some windows […]

200 Illinois Guard Troops Will Go To DC To Aid Inauguration

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is sending about 200 members of the Illinois National Guard to Washington, D.C., to help with security at next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Pritzker announced Tuesday that the guard members would travel to Washington in advance of Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, which a mob […]

National Guard Staff Sent To LaSalle, Quincy Veterans’ Homes After Outbreaks

QUINCY – Members of the Illinois National Guard staff have been sent to the LaSalle and Quincy Veterans’ homes to assist with COVID-19 testing and screening at the facilities, Gov. JB Pritzker’s office confirmed Thursday. It’s not a deployment and those going into the facilities are National Guard staff members and not reserve members. But Pritzker […]

Chicago Limits Downtown Access After Night Of Tense Protests

CHICAGO  — Chicago officials are taking extraordinary steps to control downtown access in the hopes of preventing further chaos after a night of tense protests over the death of George Floyd that included violent clashes, hundreds of arrests and smashed store windows. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday that the Illinois National Guard will be activated, […]

News Around Illinois – May 22, 2020

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Pritzker Says No Decision Yet On Holding State Fairs This Summer SPRINGFIELD – Governor J.B. Pritzker says no decision has been made yet on whether Illinois’ two state fairs can be held safely this summer. Illinois’ two fairs are scheduled for later in the summer: August 13-23 for the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and […]