Migrant Buses

The City of Geneva is monitoring the situation involving migrants being bussed from Texas and dropped off at various locations throughout the state, including Kane County, without notification. The City has been proactively working with state, county, and local government agencies sharing information and creating plans for transportation as needed if a bus were to stop in Geneva.

Some home-rule municipalities have established local ordinances fining the operators of buses and bus companies for such actions. By state law, non-home-rule communities, such as the City of Geneva, are limited in the type of ordinances they can pass.  

In response to the unexpected arrival of out-of-state buses carrying migrants, Kane County is proactively offering guidance and services to local municipalities.

The Kane County Office of Emergency Management, Health Department, and Sheriff's Office are engaged with cities and local law enforcement to help facilitate the travel of migrants to Chicago, which is the only sanctioned landing zone in Illinois for individuals seeking asylum. The Kane County Sheriff's Office has a dedicated task force prepared in case buses should arrive, and county agencies already have assisted disembarking passengers on privately chartered buses at Metra stations in Kane County.