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No backyard chickens, Lake in the Hills says

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Chickens won’t be appearing in Lake in the Hills’ backyards anytime soon.

The Rasmussens at 1111 Pyott Road asked the Village Board to allow them to keep their backyard hens.

Lake in the Hills’ municipal code prohibits backyard chickens.

At a Village Board meeting Thursday, a motion was made to approve an exception, but it never was seconded and therefore died on the floor.

The change would not have allowed anyone in the village limits to have hens, but would have been a one-time exception only for the Rasmussens, Assistant City Administrator Shannon Andrews said.

Andrews said the Rasmussens were sent a written notice to remove their hens in 10 days. They have five egg-producing hens, Andrews said.

Their home, owned by the village and rented by the Rasmussens, is in a district for institutional buildings.

Documents given to village trustees focused on neighboring towns and their chicken issues. The village provided trustees with a news article about Arlington Heights rejecting backyard chickens, and also included a copy of Batavia’s ordinance.

Batavia allows hens in a “controlled environment” and had it been approved, the Lake in the Hills ordinance would have been similar.

Locally this summer, Crystal Lake wrestled with the issue of allowing people to have backyard chickens and ultimately voted against it.

McHenry also nixed backyard chickens last fall after a tie vote came down to McHenry Mayor Sue Low, who rejected the idea.

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