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District 140 Parents Fight Against Proposed Cell Phone Towers on School Grounds

A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tinley Park Village Hall.

Parents in Kirby District 140 are rallying against companies' desire to erect a cell phone tower on local school property.

AT&T and Joliet-based National Wireless Ventures together have requested a special use permit and site plan approval for a 129-foot tower on the grounds of Christa McAuliffe Elementary School. The tower, topped by a 9-foot-tall lightning rod, would stand south/southeast of the school's football field on the 8900 block of 197th Street.

In addition, the companies envision a 129-foot tower at Helen Keller School on the 7800 block of 163rd Street and a 100-foot tower at Bannes School on the 16800 block of Odell Avenue. 

Tinley Park Plan Commissioner Bob McClellan openly opposed the plans during a March 10 meeting, saying the tower "looks like something out of a sci-fi movie."

The school board has already OKed the plans, National Wireless President Robert Stapleton told the commissioner, and has agreed to a 25-year contract for the three towers, pending village approval. Read more about the proposed towers.

But parents aren't pleased, and they've started an online petition against the towers.

"...Peer-reviewed studies have shown that the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) radiating from cell towers place children at increased risk for a number of health problems, including leukemia, headaches, behavioral problems, and DNA damage," reads the petition. 

As of Thursday afternoon, the petition has 114 signatures. 

A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Tinley Park Village Hall, 16250 S. Oak Park Ave.

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sklogw April 17, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Why do they want towers anyway? A school is a place for learning not talking of phones.
Linda J. Maloney-Gamboa April 18, 2014 at 01:29 AM
I was at the meeting and you people who think this is ok are wrong. This will not be like the one at Andrew and researching online we cannot find any cell phone towers this large by grammar schools so how do they know this won't effect the health of our children. All the ones by schools look like the one at Andrew. Also the people that think the school makes money...it goes to the school district not the school. So they will use it for what they think is necessary. So do some research on 129ft cell phone towers with the storage building and see what you find, plus it will be very unpleasant to look at in our neighborhoods.

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