By: Robert Sanchez
Source: Daily Herald
Following years of failed attempts to acquire land for a parking lot from the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, St. Francis High School officials are appealing to a higher power: the Illinois legislature.
Officials at the private school in Wheaton are looking to get state law changed to make it possible for St. Francis to get a couple of acres in neighboring Belleau Woods Forest Preserve in exchange for land elsewhere in the county.
nd at least one state lawmaker from DuPage says she’s willing to help.
“I am 100 percent behind St. Francis acquiring — in a fair and equitable way — land for its parking needs,” said state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton.
Still, district officials say they remain committed to giving none of the pristine woodlands to the landlocked school near Roosevelt and County Farm roads.
“We’re not a land bank for any institution,” forest preserve President D. “Dewey” Pierotti said. “The property was given to us for a specific purpose, and that’s what we’re going to keep it for.”
St. Francis officials say they aren’t abandoning the parking lot idea because it’s a student safety issue.
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