One of the owners of a home backing up the Crystal Lake South High School bleachers, Lou Bianchi, and Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley commented upon District 155’s appeal of the Appellate Court’s decision that city government had the ability to exercise its zoning and storm water ordinances.
This was not surprising, but still a very disappointing decision.
Both the district and appellate courts definitely ruled that the school district must go through the zoning process.
Both the city and the neighbors have tried to work with the district, but without any comparable good will from the school district.
No one, individual, corporation, unit of government, or school district is above the law.
Here’s Shepley’s reaction:
In my opinion, the members of the District 155 school board are in denial.
I consider their decision to seek leave to appeal to be a disgusting waste of the taxpayer’s precious resources and I consider the communication sent to parents of children in the district to be misleading when taken in its best light and at worst an outright misrepresentation.
No matter how one chooses to characterize that communication, however, their conduct in this matter is plainly wrong.
They have deprived the neighbors and arguably others of their constitutional rights and that should be tolerated by no one in a free society such as ours.