Courthouse threat probe continues
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media September 11, 2013 3:56PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:49AM
As sheriff’s investigators continue their investigation into last week’s threats to three Kane County judicial facilities, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said such attempts to disrupt and frustrate the system simply fail.
“It doesn’t work,” McMahon said, adding that the inconvenience hits average citizens more. “You’re really interfering with your neighbors’ life.”
McMahon’s comments came nearly a week after county officials evacuated the Judicial Center in St. Charles Township, Kane Branch Court in St. Charles and Elgin Branch Court, all in response to a voice mail message stating “a lot of people” would die in Kane County. A second call stated that four bombs had been placed in a courthouse, officials said.
The calls on Sept. 4 shut down the three facilities, as well as the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s office that is housed in the same building as the Kane Branch Court, for essentially the entire morning. Searches at all county court buildings turned up nothing to substantiate the threats and court business resumed that afternoon.
Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said the investigation continues into the incidents, with no time frame for when it might be completed. McMahon echoed Gengler’s comment by saying no charges have been filed in the case.