Local Issues Director: Karen Gorz, The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn
Our chapter of the League follows major issues of interest to our membership; each area is the responsibility of a local issues director. They track legislation and items of particular timely interest. Our Observer Corps attends meetings to report back to the board and members on key issues.
Latest Report September 2019
Recreational Cannabis Information Page-Village of Glen Ellyn
As of January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act legalizes the sale, possession and use of cannabis for recreational purposes, for persons 21 years and older in the State of Illinois. There will be a formal public hearing by the Village Plan Commission on 10/10/2019 to discuss the pros and cons of cannabis sales in Glen Ellyn. Following the Plan Commission meeting, the topic will be brought to the Village Board, where it will be brought to a final vote, whether to allow or prohibit the sale of recreational cannabis within the village.
The Act allows local municipalities to adopt an additional local tax up to 3% on the sale of recreational cannabis. The Village is tentatively scheduling this topic for board consideration no later than October, so that if cannabis sales are approved in the village, and the ordinance is adopted, it could possibly be effective as of January 1, 2020.
The Village of Glen Ellyn has provided an easy to access information page. Go the Village of Glen Ellyn, https://www.glenellyn.org/ and click on the Recreational Cannabis Information page, where a full report from the Village is available. On that page there is also a link to share your comments on the subject directly with the Village. In addition, there is a "notify me" link where you can request updates via text or email on the subject.
Local Affairs Report
On Monday, April 9 the Village Board approved the Apex 400 development for the Giesche’s property site. The board held a closed meeting prior to the public meeting, with True North property at the corner of Main and St. Charles Road on the agenda for discussion. Following the closed meeting, an open village board meeting was held.
There was an overflow crowd in attendance. At the beginning of the meeting, village president Diane McGinley announced that the village was going to repurchase the property at Main and St. Charles from developer, True North, and start to consider possible new development ideas for the site. She also announced that a lawsuit has been filed against the Apex 400 project.
As at prior meetings, there were numerous people signed up to speak prior the vote on the project, many of them members of Protect Glen Ellyn. Of all the speakers, almost all who spoke were opposed to the project, and only two spoke in favor. Some thoughts:
For a net gain of two parking spaces, does the project make sense?
Some requested that the board allow the new upcoming board to make the vote.
One speaker used the analogy of trying to park an aircraft carrier on a sailboat slip.
The approval of issuing bonds for the Civic Center parking lot was also on the agenda. It was questioned if that was premature, considering that the Methodist Church has not yet agreed to participate, in providing necessary access to the site. If the garage project is not approved, the village can elect not to issue the bonds.
Additional concerns brought up are loss of daylight, traffic, loss of an opportunity to maintain the village character.
It was questioned who approved, and why at this point, asbestos abatement work being done on the site.
The board voted to approve the project, with trustees Kenwood, Enright, McGinley, Pryde and Ladesic voting in favor, Senak opposed and Fasules absent.
Submitted by: Karen Gorz
All of the meetings and agenda details are on-line on the village website, villageofglenellyn.org.