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Big court victory for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport expansion.

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on December 30, 2009


Big court victory for O’Hare expansion

DuPage County judge says Chicago can go ahead with cemetery condemnation.

December 19, 2009

By MARY WISNIEWSKI Transportation Reporter / mwisniewski@suntimes.com

In a major victory for the city of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport expansion plans, a DuPage County judge ruled Friday that the city can proceed with condemnation proceedings to acquire St. Johannes Cemetery, which stands in the way of the completion of a new runway.

St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bensenville — which owns the 1,100-grave burial ground — had fought the acquisition, arguing it would cause great grief for families of those buried there. Joseph Karaganis, an attorney for the church, said he plans to challenge the court ruling.

The cemetery issue is the last major obstacle to the city’s expansion of O’Hare.

Last month, the village of Bensenville settled with the city, getting $16 million and agreeing to allow the demolition of over 500 abandoned homes and businesses….

Check out the full Chicago Sun Times article by clicking HERE!

 A DuPage County judge ruled today that the city of Chicago can proceed with condemnation proceedings to acquire St. Johannes Cemetery in order to expand O’Hare airport.
 (Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)

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