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A news release from the City of Marion said a package found outside Marion City Hall at about 8:45 a.m. Monday morning was not a threat.

Although the package was found to not be a threat, business was disrupted around Tower Square for more than two hours while Marion Police officers and firefighters, and Illinois Secretary of State Police, investigated the package. 

City staff noticed a suspicious package outside Marion City Hall and notified Marion Police and Fire departments. Illinois Secretary of State Police’s Hazardous Device Unit also was dispatched. The Marion Police Department evacuated buildings around the square while the package was being investigated.

Authorities determined the package was not a threat at 11 a.m. and allowed people back into the area. Regular business resumed around the square, including city hall, at 11:15 a.m.

Marion Police Department is investigating the origin of the package and will release more information as it becomes available.

— The Southern

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Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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