Former Village President to Speak Out Against Memorial Lights

Group members opposed to the lights will present their side of the case at tonight's special plan commission meeting.

Tonight, it's the opposition's turn to present a case against lights at Glenbard West High School's Memorial Field. 

Former Glen Ellyn Village President Joe Wark is expected to testify as the opposition's first witness, according to Jim Ozog, attorney for the group opposed to the lights. 

Before Wark's testimony, Ozog will complete cross-examination of the architects hired by .

Then, after an "impact video," Ozog will call upon a zoning and planning expert who will analyze the variance requests.

Ozog does not expect the hearings to conclude Thursday evening.

For more information on the previous meeting, .



dave September 29, 2011 at 02:06 PM
The need for a variance indicates lights do not meet current codes. It will be interesting to see how District 87 will present the need. Thus far, it appears a want for adding lights can only add one game per night and given scheduals of games that would use Memorial Parkseem only one or two nights per week at most. The argument presented by Jane Thorsen -inporves student grades- seemed a stretch, given it is more likely these student's grades were more an example of focus and time management regardless of lighted fields.
Brad Rosley, CFP® September 29, 2011 at 03:47 PM
I get the financial debate, but not the other poor reasons not to have lights. i live in the area and smile daily as i drive past memorial and see it being used by gym classes and multiple sports teams after school every day. It was great the past three days to see GBW teams playing soccer and lacrosse games on a great surface while every other park team that plays or practices on grass had their time cancelled due to the rain. Last night the GBW boys had a soccer game and it was nearly dark while they were playing at 6:45pm. It would have been great to have lights for the field. Another team could have played or practiced from 7-9pm after that game. Lights would give the best field in town the opportunity to be used quite a bit more in the Spring or Fall.
Ramona September 29, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I see the district proving the need by not needing to shlep as many kids all over creation! I see OTOF arguements as being very petty and not well argued at all, bringing this past president of the village will not shore up their arguements, but I will be there tonight, with a white shirt on!!
Margaret Ford September 29, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Once again, good coverage Patch. Thanks for keeping us posted!


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