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No public access to Obama’s speech in Illinois House chamber




President Barack Obama's speech in the Illinois House chamber at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday will not be open to the public, officials confirmed on Monday.

The only people allowed inside the chamber will be elected officials, people with credentials and invited guests, said Steve Brown, a spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday the Capitol building will be cleared of all personnel. The closure will last until about 10:15 a.m. Anyone entering the Capitol on Wednesday after the building reopens must be on a list that was previously submitted to the U.S. Secret Service.



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  1. The security measures sound exactly the same as the day I was there to hear President Jimmy Carter when he was invited by Speaker of the House Bill Redmond in 1978. Carter said nothing controversial but I don’t recall is his remarks were published later.