Residents in a section of the Village of Robbins say they are losing their homes in a land grab.
In May the village Board of Trustees approved an agreement with ALM Resources llc to turn 320 acres of land into an industrial megaplex, including a rock quarry, an underground mine and factories.
As part of the plan, the company would take control of dozens of homes and the limestone underneath them, through a quick take process which would require approval from state lawmakers.
Supporters say money from the deal will help improve parks and schools and bring jobs to the struggling suburb.
But residents are protesting and complaining about the lack of information and transparency in a plan that could force many of them out of their homes.
Sunday afternoon, Congressman Bobby Rush joined residents in Robbins in denouncing the quick land grab.
“I don’t care who your elected officials … we’re going to make sure they know to keep your hands off our property,” he said.
Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward says residents must get their fair share for their land and relocation.
In a statement, he said, “The board has slowed the process down to get clarity and have all of its questions answered …in order to provide clear and concise explanations to our citizens.”
He also says the board is working to try to amend the existing agreement to make it more favorable for residents.
In the meantime, the Robbins Citizens Advocacy Committee heads to court tomorrow to seek an injunction to prevent a quick-take.