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Mundelein Trustees Agree to Take SAIA Truck Terminal Lawsuit to Illinois Supreme Court

At the June 25 Village Board meeting, the Board of Trustees authorized its attorneys to file a petition on the Village of Mundelein’s behalf for leave to appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court in regards to Mundelein’s lawsuit against SAIA and Grayslake over the construction of the truck terminal.

“Our complaint was filed long before the truck terminal was constructed and addressed incompatible zoning. Regrettably, the court weighed the built structures and SAIA’s operations and applied nuisance standards to deciding this case. But what happens if SAIA later sells the terminal to a maximum volume outfit and 600 trucks a day come in and out? From the onset we have maintained this is a zoning case and should be decided based upon what is allowed on the property and not what happens to be there today,” explains Steve Lentz, Mayor.

The Appellate court affirmed the lower court’s decision to dismiss Mundelein’s lawsuit against SAIA and Grayslake over the construction and operation of the truck terminal. Mundelein officials believe that both the trial court and Appellate court erred in their decisions.

To date, the Village of Mundelein has spent $520,000 on legal representation since the original complaint was filed in the circuit court in October 2014. No additional legal expenses have been incurred as the attorney representing the Village took the appeal to the Appellate Court on contingency. Mundelein’s legal counsel has agreed to take the Illinois Supreme Court appeal on contingency, as well. If Mundelein is successful at the IL Supreme Court, Mundelein would pay the legal expenses for both the Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court estimated to be $30,000.

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