Several pre-opening protests and rallies have been held for this weekend in Illinois, including one in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Thousands of military men and women and police officers are now protecting the nation, protecting cities and state capitals.
The National Guard continues to shine in DC and is being deployed in the capitals of several other states, including Springfield, as federal officials have new concerns about the extremist threat between Wednesday and Biden’s swearing-in.
On Tuesday at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, boarded-up crews installed plywood over windows to protect against potential attackers.
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Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell reported that the I-Team is law enforcement ready.
“What we are being told by the FBI is that they are monitoring the internet chatter, and there, there is no particular threat. But there is definitely information, there is a roaming out there that worries us. So we are monitoring that we continue to work together. Sharing all the intelligence we can. And make sure we are prepared for the worst situation.
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250 Illinois National Guard personnel are stationed at the Capitol Complex and downtown Springfield.
“There is a general danger that, there will be, you know, there are people who have been put around on the Internet to show armed protesters in all 50 capitals … and that’s why I want to make sure Hmmm. We’ve got the National Guard there, we’ve got the state police, local police and federal coordination. “
The Michigan National Guard was also activated, and the state capitol in Lansing is also boarded. According to officials, Michigan is one of the presidential states contesting the most serious risk for a violent armed attack. Illinois is not among them.
The most significant concern remains Washington, DC, where Biden will be sworn in on Wednesday.
The Pentagon confirmed that 25,000 National Guard members are being held there – and includes several hundred people from Illinois.
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Currently, the National Guard is not being deployed to Chicago. The head of the city’s office’s Department of Emergency Management and Communications said Chicago plans to activate its Emergency Operations Center at OMC headquarters – only on Inauguration Day.
“Wednesday is a high-profile day for our country. And it’s something we’re watching and realizing it’s a high-profile. Well, we have plans, our needs when needed Have escalation plans. At any given time, whether it’s today, tomorrow or through Wednesday, obviously, “said Rich Guidance, executive director of OEM.
According to the federal law enforcement bulletin, which some extremist groups are calling a “Week of Seas”, DC has some 51 protests, with three expected to be violent.
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And in a new alert, the FBI is warning of a special threat to the public and law enforcement officials from explosive devices during upcoming protests. The FBI calls that risk “substantial”.
The National Security Organization has aired photos of improvised explosive devices seized from radical suspects in the US over the past eight months, including what the FBI says is a type of firewall launcher used to torch a Chicago vehicle vehicle over the state is done. Road during the riots last May.
They are devices that local law enforcement agencies now know well.
“We are always monitoring something like this. Certainly, our Secretary of State’s bomb disposal squad and, the dogs constantly sweep the Capitol, and anytime we get any kind of intelligence that says something Maybe, we start those types of sweeps. So we are still involved in our plan, “Campbell said.
With Sangamon County Sheriff, Chicago, and state officials, there is no credible threat against any building, person, or institution in Illinois. But, the attack on the Capitol began on 6 January, which came without public warning from officials and law enforcement leaders, and experts admitted they did not know they had the most concerns.
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