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No power at Kane County Judicial Center

Court will continue as normal Dec. 31

The Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles Township, was without power Dec. 30 due to a malfunctioning generator switch, which did not allow ComEd's electricity to pass through to power the building.
The Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles Township, was without power Dec. 30 due to a malfunctioning generator switch, which did not allow ComEd's electricity to pass through to power the building.

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A day without power is like a day without working elevators, heat and light, which is what the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles Township, experienced all day Monday, but the power came back on just before 4:30 p.m.

Nancy Feely, court services administrative assistant, reported that an electrician completed work on the generator and ComEd reactivated power to the building.

Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler said the building was running on limited generator power.

"It can’t run the entire building, just critical infrastructure," Gengler said. "It’s not set up to operate court. The security people are there, but for the most part, there’s barely anybody in the building. But we will be able to host bond call this afternoon.

Gengler said the sheriff’s office was informed at 5 a.m. that there was a power outage at the judicial center.

And while the generator was providing limited power, the generator itself was not allowing ComEd power into the building, Gengler said.

“There is a switch broken in the generator (that) is not allowing the pass-through of regular ComEd power to the building," Gengler said. “What we do know is they are trying to locate a part for the generator that is going to allow us to switch back to regular power. ... As the day progresses, we will find out what the plan is, going forward.”

Once the broken switch was replaced, the power could come through.

Gengler said the jail had power and was not affected by the issues at the judicial center.

The three-story Kane County Judicial Center opened in October 1993 and has about 25 courtrooms.

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