The McKee House is one of several examples of how structures on DuPage Forest Preserve land have been allowed to deteriorate.
The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is considering reevaluating its policies for preserving and operating its historic structures, with the McKee house and neighboring building in the Churchill Woods Forest Preserve serving as a key recent example of how Forest Preserve buildings have been neglected, the Daily Herald reports. According to the paper, the District has approved an architectural study in an attempt to save the buildings, which were the District’s administrative office and home of its first superintendent, Robert McKee. Other DuPage structures, like the Kline Creek Farm (West Chicago) or Oak Cottage (Naperville) are also examples of decaying District property. "Historic structures have not had, in my opinion and …
Reboletti wants to disband the Forest Commission, Conroy wants to get rid of commissioners' pay.
Monday, February 25
By Karen Chadra, Elmhurst Patch State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-45th) of Elmhurst last week sponsored HB 2481, which would dissolve the DuPage County Forest Preserve District Board and transfer the responsibilities of the Forest District to the DuPage County Board in 2016. In response late Friday, the DuPage Legislative Committee scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 26, to discuss the bill. "Before legislation of this magnitude is voted on in Springfield, I think it is important that all sides of the issue are explored," said Legislative Committee Chairman JR McBride in a prepared statement. "While I am open to the idea of a study to analyze a possible merger, I do not believe this bill has any merit until due diligence has been …