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posted: 8/18/2014 5:01 AM

Streamwood 'harassing' her over her yard

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I have been harassed by the village code officer concerning weeds on my easement property on Schaumburg Road. I have reviewed Illinois and Streamwood statutes concerning weeds and none of the things listed as weeds are on my property and I do not appreciate the harassment.

Since he can't tell the difference between a weed and a flower, there is a list according to the state below and what the village lists as weeds..

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What I do have on my property are lilacs, red honeysuckle, forsythia, white pine, day lilies, morning glories, milkweed, Solanaceae, Queen's Lace, and blue cornflowers. Blue cornflowers are not a weed, Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in tea and are famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. Queen's Lace is a flower that is used by florists.

None of these things are listed as weeds by the state or Streamwood. And by the way, the red honeysuckle and milkweed are on the state's checklist of endanagered and threatened animals and plants of Illinois (Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board effective Feb. 22, 2011).

Both were cut down by the village a couple years ago but luckily came back. According to the state, there are 251 endangered and 81 threatened plants on the state's list. Nor do I have grass growing in this area.

Candace McCreary

Streamwood

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