SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Two Springfield office buildings were locked down today after a letter addressed to President-elect Barack Obama was found to contain a suspicious powder.
Springfield Fire Department division chief Bob Reside says the powder turned out to be harmless.
Reside says the letter was opened about 3 p.m. at the Willard Ice Building, home to the state Department of Revenue, then transferred to the Department of Aging.
Reside did not know why the letter was moved. Staff at the Department of Aging called 911, and hazmat teams locked down both buildings for several hours.
He said the letter's return address was in Chicago, where a man suspected of sending it was taken into custody.
Chicago police could not confirm Monday evening that a suspect was in custody.
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more information
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place