ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Vice President Joe Biden is headlining an Early Vote Rally in Rockford on Monday.
It’s at the IBEW Hall Local #364 on Mill Road. The event is open to the public, but tickets are needed. Doors open at 12:30pm, the rally starts at 2:30pm.
Click the link to apply for free tickets: http://action.cheribustos.com/page/s/biden-rally
The Secret Service as well as campaign staffers for Senator Dick Durbin have taken over the IBEW Hall in Rockford to redecorate for Monday’s rally.
“We had a contract ratification meeting today and once that meeting was over, it was like locusts,” says Charlie Laskonis, IBEW 364 Business Rep. “It is incredible how they transformed everything. Staging, they have a bunch of dividers that are up, they put up blue curtains all around.”
The Secret Service won’t be the only ones protecting the Vice President. Rockford Police are calling in nearly every available officer.
“We have to provide security and the site and some traffic control posts,” says Assistant Deputy Chief Pat Hoey with the Rockford Police Department. “What’s nice about it being during the week we have all the detectives working so were utilizing almost all on duty people, we just have to bring a few officers in early from the afternoon shift.”
For security reasons, the exact route of the Vice President isn’t being released but some busy roads may be temporarily closed while Biden is in town. Drivers should keep an eye out for Illinois State Police and Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies who will be manning temporary traffic blockades.