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Deck the halls? Not at the Illinois Capitol due to virus

The Capitol for months has been closed to all but employees and others with permission
The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The coronavirus has extinguished some traditional holiday cheer at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield. There will be no Christmas tree nor any holiday displays inside or outside the building. 

The Capitol for months has been closed to all but employees and others with permission. Tours were suspended months ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lights on the Capitol dome won't be used for the second consecutive year. Engineers have recommended that an observation deck, which is used to anchor the lights, be fortified. 

A giant artificial tree usually is placed in the rotunda. Not this year.

Coronavirus illness claimed another 105 lives in Illinois Saturday among 7,873 newly confirmed infections.  

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