ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The Kane County Judicial Center and Kane County Branch Court reopened after bomb threats prompted a morning evacuation, according to a tweet from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.
Court call resumed at 1 p.m.
“If you were here, come back,” said Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.
Two threatening phone calls Wednesday morning prompted the evacuation of the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles Township, the Kane County Branch Court in St. Charles and the Elgin Branch Court in Elgin, Gengler said. He noted that other court buildings also were checked.
Sheriff Pat Perez said the calls came in about 9:40 a.m. A voice mail was left at the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office, which shares a building with the Kane County Branch Court, he said.
The message was “a lot of people in Kane County are going to die today,” Perez said.
QuadComm – a dispatcher for Dundee, Carpentersville and Algonquin – relayed a second call to KaneComm, Perez said. That caller said four bombs were planted at the courthouse, Perez said, adding that officials took that to mean the Kane County Judicial Center.
Authorities have identified a person of interest for each call, Perez said, and they are different people.
Evacuations were ordered immediately after the threats came in, Perez said. The threats did not affect the nearby jail.
Bomb units, including explosion-detection dogs, checked the Judicial Center room by room, floor by floor, Perez said, adding the search included bathrooms, judges’ chambers, common areas and courtrooms.
Perez was not aware of any high-profile cases scheduled for Wednesday, he said.