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Jones helps business owners streamline annexation

jones-annexationCHICAGO – Several Cook County land owners were being asked by the Cook County board to annex their property out of unincorporated Cook County districts and join neighboring municipalities. State statue prohibited these small property owners from moving forward with the annexation process, so Senator Emil Jones (D-Chicago) filed legislation to allow property owners, many of whom own land smaller than one acre, to annex into nearby municipalities.

Douglas Engberg, owner of Ale House located on 135th and Harlem, was asked by Cook County board President Toni Preckwinkle to annex out of Cook County into one of the local suburbs so they could receive the government services they needed and reduce the burden on Cook County.

“Business owners were burdened with paying high taxes and weren’t receiving the services they needed,” Jones said. “Allowing small businesses to annex streamlines their regulatory responsibilities so they can focus on expanding their business and providing the local economy with more job opportunities.”

Mr. Engberg acknowledged that working with Cook County can be cumbersome because they have such a large case load.

“Tending to specific individual needs of land and business owners in unincorporated areas was stifling the county’s financial sustainability,” Jones said. “Working with smaller local municipalities streamlines bureaucracy, allowing for more efficient services and alleviating the County’s workload.”

Senate Bill 369 will now be debated in the House.

Senator Emil Jones III


14th District

Years served:
2009 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Higher Education; Licensed Activities (Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born May 16th, 1978, in Chicago; son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. and the late Patricia Jones; graduated from Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights; attended Chicago State University and Robert Morris College in Chicago; former administrator at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Associated Representatives:
Robert Rita
Justin Slaughter