State Capitol on Lockdown; House Veto Override Votes Being Delayed

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Will reconvene tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

IL secretary of state police could not be reached for comment.

The building was put on lockdown after a woman threw a powdery substance in the governor's office, Springfield Fire Chief Barry Helmerichs told the Springfield Journal-Register.

The governor was in Farmer City most of the morning for the funeral of State Trooper Ryan Albin.

Wildfires erupting across America's West alarm officials
By Wednesday, the Goodwin Fire had consumed 21,000 acres (84.9 square km) and caused the evacuations of hundreds from their homes. Those statistics don't count any of the fires that began burning in June, including the 27 fires now burning across 11 states.

An Illinois House vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a budget deal has been delayed, after the statehouse was locked down, and several lawmakers were left unable to enter the building. In a Facebook video post Monday, Rauner called the tax hike and budget bill "a repeat of the same policies that created this financial crisis".

Comptroller Susana Mendoza is one of the officials not being allowed inside the Capitol. No business can be conducted, and the House is adjourned. The personal income tax rate would rise from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. The plan also would have the state pay down about half of the almost $15 billion pile of unpaid bills through a combination of borrowing and using cash from other state accounts.

Speaker Michael Madigan released a statement saying, "The House will hold a vote on Thursday, July 6 to override the governor's vetoes of the balanced budget sent to him". Rauner says the 32 percent income tax increase "a 2-by-4 smacked across the foreheads of the people of IL".

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