Kenilworth Village Holds Special Meeting on May 17 to Discuss Cell Tower Opposition

There will be a special meeting of the Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m at the Village House, 600 Ivy Court in Kenilworth, IL.

Come voice your opinion to help us in preserving our land and health

If you can't make the meeting, please send your comments, along with any pertinent information to the Village Board in writing.  The items received will be forwarded to the Village Board and retained in the Village Clerk files as part of the record on the discussion of the item.   

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Kenilworth and Winnetka Residents Opposed to 150 ft Cell Tower

The village of Kenilworth plans to erect at least one cell tower on village property. The site for the tower is adjacent to residential areas of Kenilworth and Winnetka and is approximately 500 feet from the Joseph Sears School and 650 feet from New Trier High School. A group of residents in the neighborhood surrounding the project are concerned and outraged that these plans have been made without a full, fair and impartial investigation and evaluation of the potential health risks and negative impact on property values of houses located in the vicinity of the proposed cell tower.

The residents have formed a group, Better CELLution Kenilworth. “In 1896, Kenilworth founder Joseph Sears dubbed our bucolic village “The Tuxedo of Chicago.” This proposed monopole flies in the face of his vision.  Neighboring towns and villages are adopting small cell and DAS networks.  We are not willing to accept this retrograde eyesore when more advanced technology has not even been explored”, said Eileen MacDonald, a long time Kenilworth resident. 

The group has hired attorney Thomas J. Ramsdell.  Mr. Ramsdell, considered a tough and tenacious lawyer, has successfully fought for citizens land rights in Chicago, Evanston and other cities and towns in the area. “Our group has the wherewithal, the resilience and the resources for this battle. If necessary, we will fight this all the way”, said Jim Radler, a Winnetka resident, whose home is 200 ft from the proposed tower site.

Kenilworth is a small village of 2500 residents situated picturesquely on the shores of Lake Michigan. Many in the area question why such a small village, which prides itself on its aesthetic appeal, would need a 150 ft tower. The proposed tower would be the tallest of its kind from Evanston to Kenosha. “Kenilworth should be at the forefront of these issues, evaluating and implementing thoughtful and environmentally friendly solutions—not something as ugly and obtrusive as this proposed tower,” said Steve Close, a Kenilworth resident.

The group, Better CELLution Kenilworth, has launched a website,, and also plans a vigorous public relations campaign to voice its opposition.