Springfield prepares for possibility of armed riots on inauguration day

By Keaton Yates, Staff Reporter

The FBI released a memo on Jan. 11 to law enforcement organizations across the country warning them of possible armed riots on Inauguration Day at every state capitol.

Illinois Secretary Police said they are fully aware of the possible marches and are working with State police to ensure safety. 

On Jan. 6, Gov. Pritzker ordered state police to increase security at the Springfield Capitol building and at the Bank of Springfield following the armed mob that stormed the Capitol in DC and a smaller demonstration that took place in Springfield.


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“While we don’t discuss staffing levels or security protocols, I can confirm that the Secretary of State Capitol Police are remaining vigilant and taking every measure available to ensure the Capitol Complex is safe and secure,” Henry Haupt, Press Secretary of Illinois Secretary Police, said. 

Staff reporter Keaton Yates can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @keatsians.

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