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To the Editor:

I am a lifelong McHenry resident, a lifelong St. Mary’s parishioner, and a Montini mom. I would like to know why Thornton’s would even consider the corner of Route 31 and Pearl Street a viable location for a gas station. In addition to the added traffic a gas station would generate, the neighbors have made it very clear with their “no gas station” signs that Thornton’s is not welcome in their neighborhood.

I have yet to speak with one McHenry resident who thinks this is a good idea. The City Council needs to see past the dollar signs they think a Thornton’s could generate and think about the safety of our schoolchildren and the integrity of our historic downtown McHenry.

My plea to our City Council is this: Please look at all the vacant storefronts in McHenry (and there are many) and solicit tenants to fill those before breaking ground on new buildings. Please vote “no” to a Thornton’s on Route 31 and Pearl Street.

Amy Whiteside



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