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Illinois braces for possible protests at capitol

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is on the watch for armed protests after a warning from the FBI this week.

The Illinois State Police on Monday released a statement about the warning and their preparations.

“The ISP, along with our law enforcement partners, are tracking possible events at the Illinois Capitol building this weekend. The ISP remain vigilant in our mission to protect the safety  of those engaged in the process of democracy, constitutional rights and public institutions. The ISP and local law enforcement will have all available resources at our disposal to respond to threats identified through federal, state and local intelligence.”

The Pantagraph of Bloomington reported that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other state officials are monitoring safety around the state capitol.

The newspaper reported that Pritzker increased security in Springfield after last week’s insurrection in Washington, DC. He said that the ISP, Illinois National Guard and Illinois Emergency Management Agency are coordinating resources. 

On Monday, the FBI sent a memo warning law enforcement agencies in all 50 states about the possibility of armed protests this weekend. According to NBC News, the memo has information from  the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Defense Department; U.S. Park Police; and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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