When it comes to politics and real estate, some stories never seem to go away.
In the June 21 Chicago Sun-Times, Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney reported on problems at the DuPage National Technology Park, which is in West Chicago, south of DuPage Airport and north of Fermilab.
Spread over 800 acres, the tech park was dedicated in 2005 and is billed as "North America's most advanced business park." But today, just two buildings have gone up there in roughly a decade, and only one is occupied.
Also, the $151,857-a-year executive director of the park came under investigation earlier this year after people complained that he rarely showed up for work.
But controversy over the property dates all the way back to the 1980s. That's when the DuPage Airport Authority went on a land-buying spree, funded by a special new tax on property owners in DuPage and three Kane County townships. Somehow, firms and individuals tied to top local and state Republicans profited from the expansion by the GOP-controlled airport authority. Many of the deals were done without bidding. Kane County officials objected, but couldn't stop it.
Officials then said they needed the land as a buffer area for the airport. That land now is the site of the tech park.
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