SPRINGFIELD, Sickness. – Governor JB Pritzker is sending about 200 members of the Illinois Nationwide Guard to Washington dc, to help with safety on the inauguration of the president-elect subsequent week Joe Biden.
Pritzker introduced Tuesday that members of the guard would journey to Washington earlier than Biden’s inauguration on January 20 at the USA Capitol, which a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed final week to attempt to reverse the outcomes of the presidential elections.
“Within the wake of the latest incident on Capitol Hill, guaranteeing a peaceable switch of energy to the Biden administration is of the utmost significance,” Pritzker mentioned in an announcement.
5 folks have been killed when the mob of Trump loyalists attacked police and vandalized the Capitol constructing on January 6 throughout an uproar within the halls of Congress that despatched lawmakers from each events and Vice President Mike Pence underground.
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Main Basic Richard Neely, commander of the Illinois Nationwide Guard, mentioned in an announcement that “supporting the presidential inauguration is a good alternative for the Illinois Nationwide Guard to be a part of historical past and symbolize the state of Illinois.”
Pritzker has additionally elevated safety over the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield following the FBI’s warning that the state capitol buildings and Washington may very well be targets of Biden’s swearing-in.