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County may negotiate with people whose property encroaches on forest preserve


Lawrence Smith is retired from the Calumet City Police Department for nine years and continues to live in the house he purchased in 1978 — one whose backyard abuts Cook County Forest Preserve District property.

Which is a problem, because the garage of his house technically spills over the property line and onto forest preserve property. It is the reason that Smith is being sued by the county, which seeks to have him move the garage that was built by a previous property owner along with the house back in 1936…Please click here to read Gregory Tejeda’s story in the Times.

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