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Fostering Healthy Relationships With Surrounding Communities Benefits Us All
Most of our 18,000 Round Lake residents were unaware of the Ski Hill proposal on June 28, 2022 when the project came before the Planning & Zoning committee. Non-residents along Townline Road attended the meeting because the proposed annexation called for turning their rural, unincorporated road into a construction entrance.
These nine families hired attorney Ken Ashman at their expense. It is through their efforts to learn more about the Ski Hill proposal and Dan Powell as a business owner that they uncovered a disturbing past and current history of business practices.
Through public records and FOIA requests, residents and non-residents uncovered the truth about years of environmental violations, questionable business practices and projects in other communities, and documented lawsuits against Dan Powell, CHDS, and past companies owned by him.
These findings, together with the questionable business proposal presented to the village, allowed our community to work together to defeat the Ski Hill proposal on September 19, 2022.
Join the Fight for a Better Round Lake
There is much to be said about knowing your own history, of where you come from, who you are. Your genetics help define you, your experiences help shape you, but you are always so much more than both.
The community around you plays a role in who you become, for better or worse. From city to suburb to farm, every town has a story, one that continues to grow and evolve long after we move away. Some people never leave the town they were born in, others can’t wait to flee. But whether a town lives or dies depends on many factors, like who governs it.
The village of Round Lake was founded in 1908 by men who foresaw the importance of the railroad. When the village sought incorporation, the population was too small to meet the requirements. And so it bargained to include the local farmers, who were promised that once incorporation was successful, they would be allowed to disconnect if they so wished, an act which led to the present day consequence of multiple villages, redundant village governments, services, and police forces all with “Round Lake” in their names.
And while expansion, annexation, and growth are expected over any area after almost 120 years, it’s the duty of the residents of a community to elect leaders who will preserve the past, connect with the present, and plan for the future. We are the future of Round Lake.
We are the residents, taxpayers, and voters. But we are also the neighbors to nearby communities and unincorporated friends who drive these roads, share this zip code, take the train, or use a gas station within village boundaries.
We need all of us together, as one community, to keep an eye on our local government to ensure it is making decisions in the best interests of all our people.