Driver's license station closed to find source of worker illnesses
CHAMPAIGN — Independent professionals were expected at the Illinois Secretary of State's driver's license station in west Champaign on Saturday to try to find out why employees there have been feeling ill.
"It is temporarily closed and we're hopeful we'll be able to reopen by Tuesday," said Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt.
The station, which has 17 employees, was closed all day Thursday and again Friday due to what Haupt called "potential air quality concerns."
"We had several employees complain of experiencing headaches and a couple felt nauseous. We're committed to ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers. Tests are being conducted by independent professionals on Saturday," he said.
The station is normally open Tuesday through Saturday but will remain closed Saturday, Haupt said.
Last Friday, Aug. 9, Haupt said employees noticed a strong odor in the building, prompting the office to close a bit early near the end of the day.
"We have been and continue working with the building's landlords to insure all potential safety concerns are resolved. The landlord had a company come out and do some cleaning," he said.
Haupt said the landlord of the property is listed as 2401 W. Bradley LLC, which is also the address of the station.
Haupt was unable to say if the odor last week had anything to do with why employees felt ill this week. That's why tests were planned.
"The odor has been eliminated," he said.
There is a sign on the door to the station directing customers to other driver's license facilities in Rantoul, Tuscola, Monticello, Bloomington and Tilton.