Permitting Update: Illinois

In August, the McHenry, Illinois, city council rejected a controversial plan to annex a proposed gravel mine to the city. On Thursday, the same business owner who submitted that proposal, Jack Pease, joined McHenry County officials for a tour of gravel pits.

There is no connection between the two events, said Ron Raupp, co-chairman of the McHenry County Gravel Advisory Council. “It was planned before Jack got denied by McHenry,” Raupp said at the end of the four-hour tour.

A packed charter bus brought McHenry County Board members, along with township and village officials, from the McHenry County Administration Building in Woodstock to gravel mines and an asphalt recycling plant on Route 23 near Marengo, and back through Algonquin and Cary to former mines now reclaimed for housing and recreation.

Read more in the Northwest Herald.

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