Chicago's city-county building to close on Wednesday, as a precaution

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Chicago City Hall Photo credit WBBM Newsradio

Chicago’s combination City Hall and Cook County government building at Randolph and LaSalle in the Loop will be closed to the public on Wednesday, authorities said, citing potential security concerns.

The closure will come as President-elect Joe Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, are sworn in at the U.S. Capitol. Two weeks ago, insurgents sympathetic to President Trump stormed the building after he said the 2020 election was stolen from him.

“The closure of City Hall and the Cook County Building is a purely precautionary measure and we anticipate the City of Chicago and suburban Cook County will remain peaceful,” according to a news release Tuesday from the city’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications and  the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security.

Federal authorities have urged state governments to be prepared for politically motivated violence leading up to the presidential inauguration.

Also Tuesday, police in Springfield Illinois announced the closure of streets around the state Capitol Complex for Wednesday.