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Dispute over cemetery land for runway comes to an end

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A Bensenville church that once operated the St. Johannes Cemetery near O'Hare International Airport was awarded $1.3 million in a settlement with the city of Chicago, which acquired the 5-acre site in 2010 as part of eminent domain proceedings.

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The city of Chicago will pay a Bensenville church $1.3 million for land that included a cemetery, bringing to an end more than a decade of litigation surrounding O'Hare International Airport expansion. But the two sides had drastically different opinions of the settlement. "Chicago, in my estimation, clearly lowballed this thing," said Randy Putman, the council president of the former St. John's United Church of Christ.
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