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Newsmakers: Clifford McIlvaine

St. Charles homeowner continues battle with city over home-improvement project

Cliff McIlvaine talks with reporters outside his St. Charles home.  A judge ruled the city of St. Charles can mitigate safety hazards at the home. He started the project at 605 Prairie St. in 1975.
Cliff McIlvaine talks with reporters outside his St. Charles home. A judge ruled the city of St. Charles can mitigate safety hazards at the home. He started the project at 605 Prairie St. in 1975.

ST. CHARLES – Once again, the city of St. Charles’ battle over Clifford McIlvaine’s decades long home-improvement project made headlines in 2013.

City officials are asking permission to remove vehicles, construction materials and rubbish from the outside of Clifford McIlvaine’s house to a storage facility at his expense.

Officials made the request in a recent court filing. Kane County Judge David Akemann earlier this year allowed the city of St. Charles to proceed with the repairing of McIlvaine’s property at 605 Prairie St., including correcting an unfinished roof.

The city sued McIlvaine in 2010, pushing him to finish a home repair project that was started more than 30 years ago.

McIlvaine recently hired an attorney to represent him. McIlvaine had been acting as his own attorney.

City officials had asked McIlvaine to remove several items from his property by Oct. 8, including all garbage and debris, all construction materials and all vehicles not parked on an impervious surface.

McIlvaine briefly was jailed in September 2012 when the longtime St. Charles resident refused to comply with city’s plumbing code as part of the home improvement project.

Earlier this year, McIlvaine blamed city officials after water leaked into his house after a heavy downpour in a storm.

– Eric Schelkopf

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