ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The Kane County Sheriff’s Office continued Thursday to investigate the bomb threats that prompted evacuations of three buildings Wednesday morning, spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said.
Meanwhile, he said, court call ran normally in the county’s courthouses Thursday.
Authorities evacuated the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38 in St. Charles Township; the Kane County Branch Court, 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles; and the Elgin Branch Court, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin; after receiving two threatening phone calls Wednesday morning.
Bomb units, including explosion-detection dogs, checked the Judicial Center room by room, floor by floor, authorities have said. The search included judges’ chambers, bathrooms, courtrooms and common areas.
The buildings were reopened after no suspicious items were found.
The evacuations went smoothly, Gengler said, noting people were cooperative.
The sheriff’s office has policies and procedures in place for emergency events, Gengler said. While it’s never good to have a crisis, events like Wednesday’s give authorities more experience on how to handle such situations, he said.
“There’s nothing better than the actual event to see how things went,” Gengler said.
As with any incident like this, he said, Wednesday’s response will be evaluated so officials can make changes accordingly.