Guests at the Matteson hotel can stay after security breaches corrected

MATTESON, Ill. – Village officials nearly shut down a Matteson hotel after firefighters discovered several violations of the rules.

According to the Matteson Fire Department, Travelodge by Wyndham was considered unsafe for habitation. As a result, guests initially thought they had to go, but the suburban hotel passed all fire inspections in the last few hours, according to a spokesman for the village.

WGN News has learned that the Matteson fire chief personally inspected the hotel on Wednesday afternoon and found that management had corrected all security breaches.

“Oh god, I feel so relieved. I’m so happy. I have tears of joy,” said hotel manager Latricia Washington, who says many of her guests have been residents for some time.

The fire department put the hotel on a 24-hour notice after saying management went 10 months without correcting security breaches. The fire department says more than 20 rooms did not have working smoke detectors. If the hotel did not make the corrections by 17 Wednesday, officials would have forced everyone to leave.

Meanwhile, the police department worked with nearby hotels to find location for some residents. However, some families did not want to go.

“If I can not pay every single day, they will allow me to extend until I am able to pay it, and that is something I have never had at other hotels,” said hotel guest Stephanie McWilliams.

For now, they do not have to worry.

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“I told them we got this. We have to get through this. Trust the process,” Washington said. “I told them they did not have to go outside. Their children should not be out in the cold. Everything would be fine.”

Washington blames the pandemic for the delays. However, the village says building law violations are still to be resolved here, probably next week.


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