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Rolling Meadows courthouse gets new 'Children's Room' for day care

Monday, November 13, 2017
Daily Herald
by Barbara Vitello

Rolling Meadows' Third Municipal District Courthouse is an austere, imposing place -- except for one cheery room on the second floor.

Here the beige and gray functionality that dominates most of the building gives way to muted greens and blues, large pillows and furry rugs.

Besides employees -- who typically have a background in early child education and are required to take a 40-hour training course -- the center will rely on volunteers, McCullum said.

"We're looking for individuals who love working with children," she said. They have several. The spouses of two Rolling Meadows judges and the mother of Presiding Judge Jill Cerone-Marisie have already volunteered.

Knowing their children are in a safe, secure environment while they attend to courthouse business offers parents relief and allows them to concentrate on the business at hand, Cerone-Marisie said.

The center is always locked, Cerone-Marisie said. Employees buzz in parents who must leave an ID, phone number and contact information. They must also indicate the courtroom or department where they will be.

"Coming to court is an anxious experience to begin with," she said. Knowing their children are well-cared for "will have a calming effect on parents and their children."

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