Here is the letter that State Senator Dan Duffy and State Rep. David McSweeney sent to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
McSweeney told me that if there were threats, they should be prosecuted. If there were not, the Village Hall should be re-opened immediately.
August 14, 2014
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
500 S. Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Dear Madam Attorney General:
This past July, in partnership with developers, the Village of Oakwood Hills proposed a 430-megawatt natural gas power plant to be built within their community.
The project immediately drew negative attention due to it’s close proximity to a school, the proposed use of groundwater, and adverse impact on property values.
Hundreds of residents from Oakwood Hills and the surrounding areas have actively voiced their opposition to the power plant, attending hearings and zoning committee meetings.
They have garnered support via social media, news outlets, and local officials.
We are on record opposing this project due to it’s impact on local water usage, location near a school, and overall lack of transparency by village officials.
As of last Saturday, August 3rd, Oakwood Hills has suspended all village business until further notice, claiming threats to village officials.
The Northwest Herald has reported that in response to a FOIA request, village FOIA officer Cheryl LoSasso has confirmed no documentation of threats existed.
Despite this public confirmation, the village remains closed.
If threats exist, the public should be made aware and the responsible individuals should face prosecution.
However, if the village cannot provide any substantiation for these claims and officials continue to be paid, they should be open to serve the public.
This is an emergency situation and we are seeking an immediate investigation on whether a complete cessation of services from a unit of local government is warranted.
Since your office is charged to ensure an open and honest government in Illinois, we urgently request your attention to this matter for the taxpayers and residents of Oakwood Hills and share your findings with us at your earliest convenience.
Representative David McSweeney Senator Dan Duffy