The Illinois Supreme County and O’Hare Airport Expansion

The Chicago Tribune has declined to hear the case of the preservation of the cemetery that sits on land O’Hare Airport wants for expansion. This means that the ruling of a lower court will stand and likely the known 1,000 people buried there will be disinterred. St. Johannes Cemetery is 161 years old. I am willing to bet that there are many people who don’t know they have family there. Other may not realize that the graves near the relatives they do know about are also related to them.

Gone will the the family groupings, gone will be the community and church history that the groupings of burials reflects, and gone will be the historic resting place.

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