Hearing on possible Itasca drug rehab center postponed after hundreds turn out for meeting

ITASCA, Ill. — Hundreds of residents showed up for a public hearing in Itasca Wednesday on a proposal to bring an addiction treatment center to the village. But the meeting was postponed because of the number of people trying to attend it.

The fire department limited the number of people allowed inside the junior high school to 803. Hundreds of additional people were left waiting outside the school.  Village rules state meetings are not held if residents are left out.

The Haymarket Center wants to turn the Holiday Inn in the village into a drug and treatment center. However opponents say this is more than a case of “not in my backyard.” Over 1,200 signs saying, “No Haymarket” were around the area Wednesday evening ahead of a meeting to discuss the proposed plan.

However, most opponents agree that DuPage County needs drug and treatment facility, but they said their village is too small to support one. They said it will cost the village money, and they’re worried about safety.

Haymarket said they have the experience to get this done right.

Officials said they haven’t seen enough data from them to see an informed decision.

Mayor Jeff Pruyn said the village has been asking for data, including EMS data, for months, which he said Haymarket has not sent over.

Among other issues locals are concerned about is the lost property tax revenues from the loss of a hotel.

However, the state may be willing to step in to fill that void.

The meeting is rescheduled for Oct. 2 at a bigger, yet to be named, venue.

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