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Toxins Force Illinois Nursing Home to Evacuate Residents

Residents of Bourbonnais Terrace in Bourbonnais, Illinois were evacuated from their facility after the discovery of toxic asbestos. The building was forced to be temporarily closed due to the toxic asbestos. The nursing home has 197 patients, primarily mentally ill and immediate-care patients. They were dispersed to two different nursing homes throughout the area. On Oct. 7, the Illinois Department of Public Health received an anonymous tip about asbestos at the nursing home owned by Phillip Esformes. Tests were done the next day and airborne asbestos were found. The nursing home maintenance workers were renovating the building’s floor tiles when they released asbestos into the ventilation system. In violation of state law, nursing home administrators did not call a licensed asbestos contractor. All of the nursing home patients have returned to the Bourbonnais home, but the common areas remain closed. To read the full story, click here.