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How did three inmates die last week at Menard Correctional Center?

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Thursday, September 13, 2018  |  Article  |  Randolph County Herald Tribune staff report

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Three inmates at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester died last week, according to Randolph County Coroner Carlos J. Barbour.

"The Randolph County Coroner's office and the Illinois Department of Corrections are investigating three separate offenders' deaths that occurred last week at Menard Correctional Center," Barbour said in a news release that was sent out on Tuesday.

Barbour said Wednesday that the three died on consecutive days, Sept. 5, 6 and 7.

Barbour said no foul play is suspected in the deaths, and that the cause of death is unknown, pending autopsy and toxicology results. Barbour said those could take up to 8 weeks to become available.

Lindsey Hess, media administrator for the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield, confirmed the department was looking into the deaths, but had no further comment.

A resident at the Chester Mental Health Center in February was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, which led the facility to temporarily shut off water in the wing the resident was living in.

The Chester Mental Health Center, operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services, is a separate facility from the prison.