[H. Rick Bamman]
Judge Thomas Meyer granted a preliminary injunction after a hearing Wednesday that prevents the deal from going through. The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office and County Board Chairman Jack Franks, D-Marengo, consider the decision a victory.
Franks has claimed the proposed land deal under the district's previous board was an effort to impede consolidating the board into the village of Lake in the Hills.
Meyer issued a temporary restraining order last month after the county filed a motion asking the court to recognize that the two new sanitary district trustees were legitimately appointed by the County Board, and that their votes to rescind the land deal and a related annexation stand.
A trial will be Sept. 19 to determine whether the sanitary district had the authority to annex the property.
"The county pushed for the injunction after this independent taxing district took extraordinary steps to prevent a proposed consolidation aimed at reducing expenses and increasing government efficiency," McHenry County State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally said in a news release.