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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.

League of Women Voters Celebrates 93rd Birthday

The League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area is elated to join our colleagues today to celebrate our national organization’s 93rd anniversary. Since our founding in 1920, the League has worked tirelessly to protect and uphold the constitutional right to vote, a right that composes the very foundation of our democracy. However, while we celebrate our successes,…

Voter Guides for Area Congressional Districts

In partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and other sister organizations across the collar county area (Suburban Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties), the League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area is participating in the It’s My Vote: I Will be Heard campaign. The target of this voter engagement campaign is Millennial women (ages 18…

Upcoming Candidate Forums

Candidate Forum – Focusing on Education Issues Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM This event is hosted by the School District U-46 Citizens’ Advisory Council. Meet candidates running for office in the general election this November. You will have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates at the forum, which will be…