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Suspicious package closes down Lake Shore Drive

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A suspicious package on Wednesday afternoon has led to the closure of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

Chicago Police are investigating the area along Lake Shore Drive that has been shut down between the Wilson and Foster exits where the "suspicious package" was found. Vehicles are being rerouted off the drive in both directions, causing major backups. Police News Affairs said the package was discovered at Lawrence Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago Police Bomb and Arson units are on the scene where the suspicious package was reported. A local NBC news helicopter captured a remote-controlled robot examining a blue bag.

The United States Department of Homeland Security "If You See Something Say Something" campaign originally debuted on the New York City Metra Transit Authority in 2003, and eventually was extended to all train stations nationwide. The "If You See Something Say Something" campaign has since expanded to include virtually all of the nation's critical infrastructure both public and private.

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has spent billions of taxpayer dollars to fund training and exercises and drills via DHS grants to cities and towns across the country. Chicago Police and bomb and arson units, including bomb sniffing dogs and emergency crews are trained to respond to suspicious package reports.

As of 2:20 p.m. southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive have been reopened.

Check back for details as details unfold.