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Coronavirus

Kane County Sheriff's Office monitoring private school in Elgin that remained open despite statewide closures

Northwest Bible Academy and Church was allegedly holding classes

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ELGIN – The Kane County Sheriff's Office continues to monitor the Northwest Bible Academy and Church on Nelser Road in Elgin Township that was allegedly continuing to operate the school, despite the mandated statewide private and public school closures.

Deputies continue to work with the pastor, and were on site today to hand out compliance letters to any parents who dropped their children off for school.

"It is our hope that the school leadership, as well as parents and parishioners, will voluntarily honor the emergency declaration issued by the governor last Friday," Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said in a statement. "As of Monday morning, the church appears to be in compliance and has stated that they have moved to e-learning for their school. We will continue to monitor all activity at the church and work with our State’s Attorney to pursue any and all appropriate court orders necessary to ensure compliance."

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said in a statement that Kane County has had "outstanding voluntary compliance" with both religious organizations, schools and businesses to "minimize social contact."

“It is my hope that Pastors Gomez and Cavanaugh will comply with the governor’s executive order voluntarily," he stated. "Our healthcare workers are working tirelessly and at great risk to themselves to respond to this national emergency and worldwide pandemic. The intentional disregard of the executive order and the advice of medical experts is reckless for individuals and for our community. If the church leadership continues to disregard the governor’s order, as well as the guidance of numerous public health agencies at the local, state and federal levels, we will seek court-ordered enforcement to protect the public."

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