Abandoned suitcase prompts building evacuation

An unattended suitcase found near the Harding Band Building prompted an evacuation Monday.

University spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the threat posed by the suitcase was cleared in a couple of hours. An Illini-Alert was not issued.

“We immediately evacuated Harding Band Building,” Kaler said. “Had Champaign police determined that there was something, we would have sent an Illini-Alert to evacuate.”

Kaler urged people not to leave their belongings behind because the University has to take precaution and cannot assume unattended belongings are not dangerous.

The Champaign Police Department could not be reached for comment.