Illinois House "Special Session" coverage canceled on Wednesday
07 Июля 2017, 12:53 | Kara Nash
Illinois House set to vote on overriding Rauner's budget vetoes
Earlier, the Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, was placed on lockdown after a woman threw powder into the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor as well as in the House gallery, a fire department official said.
If an override vote fails, the governor will have blocked an income tax hike for now, and the state's budget impasse will continue.
A total lockdown was put into effect and people inside were instructed to "shelter yourself". A woman has reportedly been taken into custody.
The Capitol's air conditioning system was shut off and a team in hazmat suits entered the building. The override, which took place on Independence Day, may help to end a budget deadlock that has plagued IL for two years.
Rauner and the Legislature have been at loggerheads over taxes and other issues for two years.
The budget plan included a 32 percent income tax increase.
The Illinois House is back in session to decide whether to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a $5 billion tax hike and $36.5 billion budget bills. "This is a 2-by-4 smacked across the foreheads of the people of IL", the governor told reporters Wednesday.
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