League Study

Kane County Forest Preserve District Study: 2013 Report – Introduction

In March 2012, The League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area released a two-year study of Potential Gravel Mining in the Brunner Forest Preserve of Kane County. The study was undertaken after strong local reaction to quiet discussions by the Kane County Forest Preserve District of the possibility of mining for gravel in the newly purchased $40 million preserve. The way in which the idea of gravel mining in Brunner Forest Preserve came to public attention in early 2010 was a strong indicator of how the story would unfold. It was not put out for public discussion as an economic or land use question. It leaked out. It came out in bits and pieces, with information and misinformation, accusations and denials, and above all, anger. Like a juicy bit of gossip, it spread through the grapevine. The very people who had worked with the Forest Preserve District to pass referendums to acquire and preserve natural areas, who had volunteered for work days to restore and improve the preserves, and who had been its most vocal supporters, now felt angry and betrayed. The Elgin Area LWV Brunner Study examined the facts and the record to complete the first phase of the study, which concluded that gravel mining is inappropriate in Brunner Forest Preserve or any other forest preserve. Indeed, the extraction and sale of natural resources, whether gravel, coal, timber, natural gas or water, is inconsistent with the mission of the forest preserve. It also concluded that certain land use decisions by the Kane County Forest Preserve District raise questions of “mission drift” from the stated goal of preserving and restoring the nature of Kane County.

Study of Potential Gravel Mining in the Brunner Forest Preserve of the Kane County Forest Preserve District

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Because an open and accountable government is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy, the League advocates for government transparency and freedom of information to keep citizens educated about government actions.  While we do not…

Consensus Meeting about the Role of the Federal Government in Education

On Saturday, October 22, the Elgin and Central Kane County Leagues will meet to discuss issues regarding common core standards, assessment, funding, and equity and will reach consensus about their positions. Before we meet, please educate yourself on the topic(s). The committee has done a great deal of research, hosted experts and tried to organize…


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