March 11, 2010

Order in the courtroom

By Michael Johnson, Editor

District Court has found a new home in the Memorial Building in Washburn since county commissioners last week decided that parts of the McLean County Courthouse would no longer be used until further decisions could be made about the future of the building. The courthouse has since had signs placed on the entrance doors warning visitors of the respiratory risk. The decision stems from two cases of employees becoming infected with histoplasmosis. The infection is caused by spores that grow on bat or bird excrement, which has been found and removed from the courthouse on numerous occasions. So far, some say it’s as close to business as usual as possible in the Memorial Building. "You use what you get given to you," Deputy Craig Sahus of Underwood said. He was at District Court on Tuesday waiting outside of jury selection in the hallway in the basement of Memorial Hall.

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