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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

School District Ordered to Tear Down Bleachers

You may recall that we previously posted about a lawsuit filed by neighboring property owners against a school district challenging the high school's installment of bleachers without obtaining the proper zoning approvals.  You can read about the trial court ruling here and the appellate court ruling here.  Both the trial court and the appellate court had ruled in favor of the neighbors and against the school district, finding that the school district was obligated to comply with municipal zoning regulations.   We have two updates on this case:

First, the school district has filed an appeal asking the Illinois Supreme Court to hear the case and reverse the lower court rulings.  The Supreme Court has not yet decided whether it will hear the case but we will keep you posted.

Second, the trial court judge recently ordered that the school district remove the bleachers to comply with the trial and appellate court rulings.  According to the order, the school district has until December 1st to comply (that allows the school to finish out the current football season), although it is likely the school district will appeal that ruling as well.  

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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