Elgin school superintendent says no help from government during legionella scare

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Monday, October 5, 2015
Schools close due to legionella bacteria
Classes were canceled for 3,000 students in Elgin and Bartlett because high levels of Legionella bacteria were found in the cooling systems of three schools.

ELGIN, Ill. (WLS) -- The superintendent of Elgin schools says he had no help from government officials when dealing with a legionella scare in September.

High levels of the deadly bacteria were found in cooling towers on three campuses. Tony Sanders says no one from the state or federal level ever said when it was safe to reopen. Illinois public health officials say they only get involved when someone gets sick.