Hall St. Lofts, Les Redden and Mike Madigan

Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan's (lower right photo) law firm wants a $284,788 reduction in the property tax assessment from the DeKalb Co. Board of Review for the Hall St. Lofts apartments behind Sandwich H.S.  Sandwich City Council alderman Les Redden (lower left) objects. (Top and lower right photos provided; bottom left photo for WSPYNews.com by James Wyman)

The City of Sandwich and Sandwich School District #430 stand to lose thousands of dollars of tax money if a property tax appeal by Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan's law firm is successful.

Madigan's Chicago law firm represents Hall St. Lofts, LP, and the appeal was discussed at Monday's regular meeting of the Sandwich City Council.

Madigan's firm wants the DeKalb Co. Bd. of Review's assessment reduced $294,788, from $581,425 to $296,637, which would reduce the Hall St. Lofts' property tax bill by approximately $28,000.

Sandwich City Council alderman Les Redden spoke during Monday night's meeting about the Madigan appeal.

A 2017 Chicago Tribune investigation contended that Madigan's law firm dominates the property tax assessment business.

The Hall St. Lofts apartment building opened in November of 2017.  Trinity Services of New Lenox was listed then as the owner.  Trinity's name does not appear on the property tax appeal.  Instead, Madigan's law firm is listed as the contact address and phone.

The Walgreens drug store at the corner of Rt. 34 and S. Main St. in Sandwich has also filed an appeal with the state's property tax appeal board asking for its assessment to be lowered by approximately $115,000.

Following Monday night's meeting, alderman Redden spoke about Walgreens'  appeal.

In other business at Monday night's meeting, the Sandwich City Council unanimously approved a one-year contract extension with J.C. Roach of Sycamore for supervising operations at the waste water treatment plant.

City Engineer/Public Works Director Tom Horak explained the contract extension for Roach.

Alderman Fred Kreinbrink asked Horak if there are workers in the City of Sandwich's sewer department who can obtain the proper wastewater certification from the state.

Here's Horak's response.

The city has been without a full-time licensed sewer plant supervisor since February of this year.

Hear Jim Wyman's WSPY Radio report on Monday, July 8, 2019's Sandwich City Council meeting by clicking the link below: