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Lockdown Delays IL House Vote On Budget & Taxes

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield. Wikipedia

The Illinois Capitol Building in Springfield was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon, as authorities investigated a "hazmat situation.”

The lockdown came as House members were preparing to vote on whether to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget veto.

Lawmakers were still filing into the House chamber, when authorities sealed off the building. Some got stuck outside.

A few minutes later, there was an announcement on the PA.

It said that everyone was in place. Meanwhile, in yellow hazmat suits have been walking through the Capitol — including the reception area of the governor’s office on the second floor.

A woman in handcuffs was seen being escorted by police, but authorities have provided no additional information at this time.

Springfield Fire Chief Barry Helmerichs told Gatehouse Media the building was put on lockdown after a woman allegedly threw a powdery substance in the governor's office.