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HLERK Seeks Supreme Court Review of Decision Imposing Zoning Compliance Requirements on Illinois School Districts

By November 5, 2014April 29th, 2015News

On October 7, 2014, HLERK, on behalf of the Board of Education of Community High School District No. 155, filed a petition seeking Illinois Supreme Court review of the recent Illinois appellate court decision regarding newly constructed bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School.

The appellate court decision determined that the bleachers, and all property used for school purposes, are subject to municipal zoning ordinances. As part of this process, District 155 also filed an appeal of the trial court’s latest order directing it to retroactively pursue municipal zoning approval of the bleacher project.

The trial court and appellate court rulings would mean that all previously completed school facilities, both in District 155 and throughout the state, are subject to retroactive municipal zoning review—even though they had already been approved by the local regional superintendent as required in the Illinois School Code.

Because this case will greatly impact school districts across Illinois, HLERK is providing legal services for the appeal on a pro bono basis.

Contact Rob Swain or Dean Krone with your school zoning inquiries.