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Palos Park takes Cog Hill

 

Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, among the premier public golf courses in the country, is now officially located in Palos Park.

The Palos Park Village Council voted unanimously Monday to annex the 1,036-acre property located at 12294 S. Archer Road.

At the same time, the council also approved the annexation of the 112-acre property commonly known as Ludwig Farm, 13235 W. 131st St.

“Most definitely yes. Welcome to Palos Park,” said Commissioner Dan Polk, before a cheer went up from residents in the audience.          

This comes less than a month after the Village Council annexed the nearby Gleneagles Country Club and Mid-Iron Golf Club, totaling about 280 acres, at a special meeting on Jan. 15.

The four properties totaling 1,446 acres, were in unincorporated Lemont Township, and the village of Lemont had been eyeing them for possible future development.

Mayor James Mahoney explained in January, and again on Monday night, that the annexations were done quickly, without negotiating formal annexation agreements, because the property owners asked for it to be done quickly to thwart efforts by Lemont allies to stop it.

“Village staff and legal counsel have been working on these annexation—as well as the recently approved annexations of Cook County Forest Preserve District land and the Gleneagles and Mid-Iron golf clubs, for more than six years,” said Mahoney.

“Our goal is and will continue to be to ensure our village’s ability to provide these properties with adequate municipal services, including utilities, without sacrificing existing high-quality services to our current residents.”

“I want to assure Palos Park’s residents we are maintaining the integrity of our annexation and development process,” continued Mahoney. “The public hearing and review process we prefer is not being avoided, only delayed. We will follow Palos Park’s strict planning and zoning requirements.”

“Future proposals to develop these properties will be subject to open hearings that consider our residents’ views before plans are finalized and decisions reached,” he said.

The mayor assured residents that “zoning, density, traffic, taxes and other issues,” as well as potential impacts on taxing districts, will be incorporated into any decisions made.

The mayor explained prior to the annexations in January that the quick action was necessary because in December, eight property owners in the Sun Hill subdivision, located south of McCarthy Road and west of Bell Road, had quietly filed a petition in Cook County Circuit Court seeking annexation to Lemont for about six acres of that property and 110 acres of Gleneagles, to the west.

At that time, Mahoney referred to the petition as an act of “subterfuge” by Lemont officials, claiming that all the paperwork for the residents was handled by Lemont village and employees.

All four property owners had already submitted formal requests for annexation to Palos Park. Village Manager Rick Boehm said after the meeting on Monday that following the January annexations, the Jemsek family who own Cog Hill, and the Ludwig family who own the Ludwig farm, had asked for the annexations to be done promptly also.

Hearings were held in January on the issue, but William Hennessy, an attorney for Cog Hill, said on Monday that the annexations put an end to those efforts.

“I want to tell you how grateful my clients are,” said Hennessy.

“This is a community they want to be a part of. I wish it happened years ago,” he added.

“I credit three Irishmen for making it happen,” he said with a grin, pointing out Mahoney, Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, who lives in Palos Park and was in the audience, as well as himself.

“I think it will be the jewel in the crown of this village,” said Hennessy, referring to Cog Hill, the former home of the Western Open PGA tournament. It currently has four championship golf courses, including Dubsdread, ranked among the top 100 courses in the country by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.

“What we have in mind might take 35 years to complete,” he said.

Howard Ludwig, whose family owns Ludwig Farm, was also at the meeting. He declined comment except to say he was pleased with the outcome and agreed with Hennessy’s remarks.

He did note that the Ludwig family has been in the area since the 1840s.

“I’m thrilled. I think it will end up being a major benefit for the village of Palos Park. It really promotes our profile, and will be good for residents old and new,” said Mahoney afterward.

He said that while their goals may take many years to come to fruition, the long-term plans of the Jemsek family is to turn Cog Hill into a “golf community,” with less holes and more residences.

“We will be one of the best recreation destinations, not just in the Chicago area but the Midwest and the nation,” he said.

 

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