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Marengo council takes on annexation tonight

MARENGO – The Marengo City Council meets tonight to decide the city's first annexation deal that would inch the city's boundaries closer to Interstate 90.

The council has encountered numerous delays during the last two months with annexing the initial 1,400 acres that are a part of the city's plan to extend its limits along Route 23 to I-90. Once accomplished, Marengo can formally negotiate with the Illinois Tollway Authority about financing an interchange.

The 1,400 acres are grouped within three separate annexation deals with land owners. The council meets at 7 p.m., tonight inside Marengo City Hall to decide the 750-acre agreement with Chicago Title Land Trust Co.

Riley Township officials, upset at the city's handling of the annexation negotiations, have expressed the least amount of contention with the Chicago Title Land deal.

The council also will be voting on a new agricultural zoning regulation that is needed to properly zone the other two annexation deals involving two asphalt production companies.

Marengo officials have not said when those two agreements could come in front of the council for a vote.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

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