Lawyers work to resolve McIlvaine’s remaining project issues

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – The ongoing saga of St. Charles resident Clifford McIlvaine’s decadeslong unfinished home improvement project took a step closer to resolution Wednesday, after attorneys met in chambers with Kane County Judge David Akemann.

Attorney Phillip Luetkehans, representing the city of St. Charles, and McIlvaine attorney Philip Piscopo said they were working to get the remaining issues resolved.

“We are trying to find a workable solution,” Piscopo said during a break in the negotiations. “Mr. McIlvaine is an inventor. ... We would like a solution, so he can live on his property with his materials that he works with.”

“My house project is one of the inventions,” McIlvaine said. “I want to have the best, super-energy efficient home in the world.”

City officials sued McIlvaine in 2010 for his unfinished home improvement project that began in 1975. Piscopo said he and Luetkehans “framed the issues” and know each other’s positions.

Luetkehans said there are five to six items that need to be finalized.

“The judge asked us to go through the items remaining,” Luetkehans said.   

“This is a long process to get this resolved,” Piscopo said. “Both sides have to do some hard thinking to either come to agreement or present their disagreement to the court.”

McIlvaine faces a hearing Feb. 6 on motions to show why he should not be held in contempt of court in connection with his long-term project. 

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