Dismissal of Mundelein's lawsuit against SAIA truck terminal upheld

  • Saia Inc.'s regional trucking terminal is on Midlothian Road just north of Winchester Road in Grayslake. An Illinois appellate panel ruled a Lake County judge was right to dismiss Mundelein's suit challenging approval of the facility.

      Saia Inc.'s regional trucking terminal is on Midlothian Road just north of Winchester Road in Grayslake. An Illinois appellate panel ruled a Lake County judge was right to dismiss Mundelein's suit challenging approval of the facility. Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer, 2017

 
 
Updated 6/25/2018 5:22 PM

A Lake County judge was right to dismiss Mundelein's lawsuit challenging the approval of a regional trucking terminal in neighboring Grayslake, an Illinois appellate panel ruled Thursday.

Grayslake village board members annexed and zoned 33 acres for the $14 million, 100-dock terminal and a repair and maintenance facility in August 2014 over the objections of several Mundelein residents living near the Grayslake border.

 

Mundelein, joined by eight residents, filed suit in October 2014. In part, the complaint alleged the 24-hour trucking terminal would diminish property values because of noise, added traffic, diesel emissions and light pollution.

Circuit Court Judge Luis Berrones tossed the case in May 2017 after a brief trial.

The SAIA terminal opened in 2016 and is located northwest of Midlothian and Winchester roads. After the trial, attorney Robert Pickrell, who represented Grayslake in the case, said Saia could have been forced to close if the lawsuit went against the village and company.

In June 2017, Mundelein officials said they would be appealing the ruling.

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