Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley had the following reaction to the Illinois Supreme Court decision
My reaction is that while this is a victory for property rights and due process of the law, there is little cause to celebrate because people have been hurt and taxpayers in our community have taken it on the chin.
The school board could have stopped this cruel exercise at any one of a hundred points along the way but they chose to forge ahead in callous disregard of the property rights of people whose lives they were impacting in a profoundly negative way. Members of the school board should serve as role models in a community, but in this case the behaviors they modeled included ignorance of the law and bullying.
This is simply unacceptable in our society.
I wish I could believe that those responsible were actually sorry for the damage they did, but I fear that they are not. Even in their press release following the release of the court’s decision they refuse to admit they were wrong.
That type of attitude is difficult to explain and impossible to accept especially considering that every legal authority, including the highest one in our state, has told them that they were wrong.
We are hopeful that at long last the Board will “do the right thing” by these neighbors but their past behavior gives us no reason to believe they will.
I suppose we will see.
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The guts of the case and a link to the Illinois Supreme Court decision can be found here.
The statement of District 155 School Board President Ted Wagner about plans to tear down the bleachers is here.
The reaction of the City of Crystal Lake can be found here.