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Letters to the Editor

It’s time to reject the Maxxam consent decree

To the editor:

It sure seems to me that something’s “off” in Kane County regarding the Maxxam consent decree.

Since Joe McMahon negotiated the consent decree in a nontransparent way with John Hoscheit and possibly others – and none having attended one of the many zoning board hearings to see and hear why the zoning board had twice previously rejected the Maxxam petition, heard how opaque and dishonest Maxxam petitioners were, listened to the testimony from government and community residents, and seen Maxxam fail to meet the zoning board requirements – we conclude the “taint” comes from the state’s attorney’s office.

I think any assumptions [Chris] Lauzen made are justified. Let’s commend [Kane] County board chairman Lauzen for pointing out the dots to connect: the Fox Mill parties, the Glenwood parties, Joe McMahon’s relationships to them, and to the people behind B&B.

I would like to know the reason McMahon would not litigate. Is our recourse an appeal to TV media, Lisa Madigan, or the IBI [Illinois Bureau of Investigation]?

Joe McMahon cannot be depended on to defend the county and local interests from out-of-state interests.

Allowing a Maxxam operation will:

• Cause unwanted hardship on the surrounding community for police, fire, and ambulance services;

• Foreseeably depress surrounding property values in a large radius around the development, causing depressed property values and the need to raise overall county property taxes accordingly.

Cost the county taxpayers gobs of settlement money.

Game theory analysis suggests you should reject the decree and litigate. If you lose, litigant winners seldom get the gobs of money that they ask for. Can we expect McMahon to pick a competent independent attorney to litigate this case? I think not.

Chris Lauzen should choose the litigator to defend us. We urge the full county board to affirm the zoning board recommendation and reject the consent decree.

Stephen Dominck

Campton HIlls

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