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City Hall Closed Wednesday As ‘Precautionary Measure’ For Biden’s Inauguration

Officials expect the city and suburbs to remain peaceful.

City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.
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CHICAGO — City Hall is closed Wednesday as officials try to take extra safety steps for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The closure is a “purely precautionary measure” and officials expect the city and suburbs to remain peaceful, according to a news release. The city and county are not aware of any activities being planned in the area.

Still, the city will activate its Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday so emergency departments can better coordinate if any issue arises, according to Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

The center is used to coordinate public safety responses between the police, fire and city departments so they “are prepared to take protective action,” according to the office.

Residents can sign up online to receive emergency alerts from the city. Businesses can text 67283 to CHIBIZ to receive emergency alerts that could affect their businesses.

Many are concerned about possible violence Wednesday in major cities and at state capitals after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a violent riot earlier this month. At least five died as a result.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications said its officials aren’t “aware of any actionable activity being planned in Chicago.”

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