Security measures have been implemented at a troubled motel in Fox River Grove following many overdose deaths that resulted in the state’s attorney threatening to sue the motel.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said an “unfortunate series of overdose deaths” have occurred at the River Inn Motel located at Route 14 and Doyle Road in Fox River Grove.
The state’s attorney’s office collaborated with the Fox River Grove Police Department to investigate the incidents and address the concerns surrounding the motel.
The state’s attorney’s office notified the motel they intended to file a lawsuit seeking to declare it a nuisance unless they implemented specific security modifications.
The River Inn Motel responded and implemented the recommended security changes, which initially proved effective in improving the overall safety of the premises.
Another overdose death occurred at the motel earlier this year and the business worked with the state’s attorney’s office by committing to additional security protocols.
The protocols include the installation of additional high-resolution cameras and extended retention of all camera footage.
“With the enhancement of security infrastructure, the establishment aims to deter illicit activities and create a more secure environment,” the state’s attorney’s office said.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said he has been at the “forefront of the war on opioids and other drugs, making it a top priority of his office.”
Kenneally said he appreciates the motel’s management for their dedication to public safety.
Kenneally also thanked the Fox River Grove Police Department for their assistance.
The McHenry County Department of Public Health on Tuesday issued a warning to residents about a recent “significant increase” in opioid deaths in the county.
Health officials said there were two and a half times as many overdose deaths during in May and June compared to previous data.