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posted: 5/15/2017 5:00 AM

If Des Plaines wants control over unincorporated land, annex it

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As you are aware, there has been lots of controversy concerning the proposed compost facility along Central Road in Des Plaines. What is disturbingly not mentioned is how the area is unincorporated, and Cook County has been pushing to eliminate unincorporated areas.

Villages and cities do not want these unincorporated areas but are quick to chime in when the land is not being used for what they want. Cities and villages want to extend their power into the unincorporated areas of Cook County.

If the city of Des Plaines is concerned about what can happen in unincorporated Cook County then they should move to annex the areas and gain control. The cities and villages should work toward annexing the land, then these issues would cease to exist and the residents of their respective city or village would be able to decide what is appropriate and not appropriate with the land.

Until municipalities step up to the plate and annex the land, they need to take a back seat to the county and stop complaining.

The governing authorities such as Des Plaines want a say in a manner that is out of their jurisdiction and outside of their economic interests which is honestly wrong. America is a land of freedom, and part of freedom means allowing others to do what they please with what they have even if it is not liked by others.

Travis Zimmermann

Unincorporated Cook County

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