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Bomb Threat Temporarily Closes State Office in Skokie

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Staff is back at work at the Illinois Department of Human Services northern office in Skokie after a bomb threat shut things down yesterday.

Tom Green is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Human Services. He says the office on St. Louis Ave. received the threat from an anonymous caller at 10:15 in the morning.

GREEN: The caller said that there was a bomb that would go off some time in the next four hours. Staff were evacuated. The police were called. The department called the Skokie police and then followed-up with a call to the state police.

A spokesman for the Illinois State Police says officers, bomb-sniffing dogs and a bomb squad searched the building and found no explosive devices. The office reopened about four hours after the evacuation.

The Family Community Resource Center there provides a number of services to low-income Illinoisans. People apply for benefits such as food stamps, job assistance, Medicaid and subsidized child care at the Skokie location where 145 people work.

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