Fire closes Chicago Heights Sec. of State office indefinitely

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Fire closes Chicago Heights Sec. of State office indefinitely

June 01, 2020 - 22:14
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Fire damage is visible on the southwest corner of the Illinois Secretary of State drivers services facility in Chicago Heights on Monday. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

The Driver Services facility in Chicago Heights is closed until further notice after being damaged by a fire Sunday night, according to a press release from the office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

While the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Illinois Fire Marshal’s office, it happened during a time when some nearby communities were dealing with civil unrest and looting thought to be connected to protests on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The fire broke on the south side of the building at 570 W. 209th St., Chicago Heights, shortly after 9 p.m. on May 31, according to the press release.

An official at the Chicago Heights Fire Department referred a Chronicle reporter to the office of the mayor, which has not yet returned calls for comment.

Until the Chicago Heights facility reopens, customers needing services may visit other Secretary of State facilities, including in Midlothian, Joliet, Naperville and Bradley, or take advantage of online services by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

The Chronicle continues to investigate the incident.