Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

The early days of the Village’s growth seemed so often to be decided in the court of law.  The long battle with Schaumburg over annexation of land went on for four years.  The checkerboard boundaries between our two villages are the fruits of those court decisions.

The struggle for disappearing farm land and the plans for its use created a tug of war between Hoffman Estates and another neighboring community, South Barrington.

After annexing land north of the toll way in 1961, the Court of Cook County decided the annexation was invalid. Here is a quote from Justice Daily from the Supreme Court decision titled  Supreme Court of Illinois, The People ex rel. The Village of South Barrington et al., Appellees,  v.  The Village of Hoffman Estates et al., Appellants No. 38097 “the lower court determined that the annexations were invalid and ordered the ouster of the village of Hoffman Estates.  The trial judge has certified that the validity of municipal ordinances is involved and that public interest requires direct appeal to this court.”

So after annexing and being denied annexation of land north of the toll way by the lower courts, the battle for annexation was now before the Illinois Supreme Court.  It was Justice Daily who reversed the lower courts decision and granted the annexation to Hoffman Estates.

What made the difference?  Why did the Illinois Supreme Court give us back the land?

South Barrington questioned how land north of the toll way could be contiguous to Hoffman Estates.  Prior to November, 1961 Hoffman Estates had land annexed to it that included Barrington Road and the bridge that went over the toll way extending 3 miles north.  With the road and bridge within Hoffman Estates boundaries, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in our favor on January 22, 1964.

It’s interesting to learn, as I read the courts decision that toll ways can’t be annexed to any town or village.  Streets and highways that are contiguous to towns and villages and under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Public Works may be annexed.

So it was the road and bridge that played such and important role in our growth to the north.

Pat Barch
Hoffman EstatesVillage Historian


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