Protesters Track Down Wis. Dems Hiding In Ill.

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(credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of the 14 Wisconsin senators who’s hiding out in Illinois with his Democratic colleagues says protesters have discovered the hotel where a number of the lawmakers meet the media.

State Sen. Chris Larson says the senators are trying to keep their locations a secret because they’re concerned for their safety. For example, he says someone e-mailed him threatening to burn down his house.

Larson was speaking to The Associated Press by cell phone on Tuesday when protesters pulled up in front of the hotel. He says they appeared peaceful, although he and his fellow Democrats will probably find a new place for their subsequent briefings.

The Democrats left the state Thursday to prevent a vote on a Republican Gov. Scott Walkers’ sweeping anti-union bill.

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