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Crystal Lake South OK to play home football games

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 4:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 11:46 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – With football season set to start, Crystal Lake South High School is ready to host another season as the legality of the expanded bleachers is still in question at the appellate court level.

The $1.18 million bleacher expansion completed in August 2013 came under fire from nearby residents who said the structure was too close to their property lines and created privacy issues. Crystal Lake officials entered into a lawsuit against District 155 and argued the expansion should have gone through the city zoning process, which Judge Michael Chmiel agreed with in a December ruling.

Chmiel had hoped to have a final resolution on the issue before the start of the school year and athletic events.

But after District 155 appealed the decision, both sides agreed to suspend any enforcement of daily fines and are not requiring the district to enter the zoning process until a ruling is made by the appellate court, which could take up to six months.

The district faced up to $1,000 per day fines for violating city ordinances, although city attorneys have said they would not necessarily pursue that even if the stay on enforcement was lifted.

District spokesman Jeff Puma confirmed the district would hold football games and events at the stadium at the start of the year and until there is a final decision from the courts. Crystal Lake South is scheduled to play its first home game at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

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