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Chicago police say no local threats after Boston

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Emergency officials and police in Chicago say they're not aware of any threats to the city after deadly explosions in Boston.

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications and Chicago Police Department issued statements on Monday afternoon. Earlier Monday, two bombs exploded near the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 130 others were injured.

Earlier Monday two bombs exploded near the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon. A third blast rocked the John F. Kennedy Library a few miles away. Two people were killed and more than 50 others were injured.

SEE: 2 dead, 105 hurt after bombs explode at Boston Marathon

Over 900 Illinoisans competed in the 26.2-mile race but none of the injuries reported thus far are participants from Illinois. DNAinfo reports 361 Chicago runners were registered for the race.

Chicago emergency officials say they're communicating with law enforcement partners locally and throughout the country. They say they're "not aware of any additional threats."

Tom Kasza is an expert in this field who has worked with the U.S. Secret Service Department for 25 years.

He says investigators are trying to piece together what happened at the finish line. While that happens, Kasza says everyone, no matter where you live, you should be on alert.

"Probably every police department in the country is examining and waiting to hear how did this happen and what should we be looking for and every business that gathers people is gonna be on higher alert," says Kasza.

There was extra security at places around Chicago's Loop, hours after the Boston bombing. From union station to Ogilive, bomb-sniffing dogs were on hand as a precaution, to make sure Metra commuters were safe.

More police and security officers were also present as the evening foot and vehicle traffic increased. There was also a more visible presence at the Willis Tower, the Hancock and along Michigan Avenue.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city's hearts go out to the victims of the explosions in Boston.

Emanuel put out a statement Monday afternoon, hours after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Two people were killed and at least 23 others were injured. Emanuel says he called Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to "convey support from the people of Chicago."

While Chicago isn't officially on high alert, Emanuel tweeted: "The city is closely monitoring events as they unfold in Boston...and at this time there's no known threat to Chicago."

"While the details of what happened here are unclear, I think what is clear is the commitment of everybody--whether that's the volunteers, first responders to help one another and I think that people showed the best," Emanuel said.

The Chicago mayor lauded the "patriotism and professionalism" of the public servants and first responders in Boston.

Gov. Pat Quinn says there's nothing to suggest there any connections to Illinois or Chicago. But the Chicago Democrat says Illinois must be on the alert.

Quinn characterized the explosions as "a potential terrorist incident" but said more facts need to come out.

Quinn says he has directed all state public safety agencies, including Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Military Affairs and the State Fire Marshal to be ready to assist and remain vigilant. He also asks Illinoisans to report anything suspicious.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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