DOJ investigating whether Village of Itasca violated laws in decision to reject opening of substance treatment facility

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ITASCA, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The federal government is investigating whether the Village of Itasca illegally rejected the establishment of a substance treatment facility in October.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office sent a letter to Mayor Jeff Pruyn informing him that an investigation was underway to determine whether the village violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by turning away Haymarket Dupage.

Haymarket wants to turn a former Holiday Inn into a 240-bed treatment facility. The Department of Justice has requested lots of information from the village including all communications between the village and its school district, fire department, PR consultants and more.

"Throughout the entire Haymarket Special Use Permit application process, with direction from Village’s legal counsel, members of the village staff, Planning Commission, and board have done everything possible to ensure a fair proceeding," wrote Pruyn in a letter to village residents.

He also mentioned in the letter that he expected the investigation and that the village is cooperating.

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