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Date Introduced: 6/3/2003
Date Passed:

Butler, Claypool, Collins, Daley, Gorman, Goslin, Hansen, Maldonado, Moreno, Murphy, Peraica, Quigley, Silvestri, Sims, Steele, Suffredin


The Village of Skokie acquired two parcels of land from Cook County to complete the construction of a parking lot to be used for the proposed Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as the adjacent forest preserve.

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WHEREAS, the County of Cook is the owner of certain real estate (the “Real Estate”) located in the Village of Skokie, Illinois, and legally described in Exhibit A submitted hereto and made a part hereof; and


WHEREAS, the Cook County Department of Highways has determined that the Real Estate is no longer needed for highway purposes; and


WHEREAS, the Director of Real Estate and Property Management has advised the Board of Commissioners of Cook County (the “Board”) that the Real Estate is not essential for County purposes; and


WHEREAS, on February 21, 2002, the Board declared the Real Estate to be excess and released the Real Estate for sale; and


WHEREAS, the Village of Skokie (the “Village”) has proposed an ordinance declaring that it is necessary or convenient for the Village to use, occupy or improve the Real Estate for a public purpose, and a copy of such proposed Ordinance (the “Skokie Ordinance”) is submitted hereto as Exhibit B; and


WHEREAS, the Skokie Ordinance states that the Village will lease the Real Estate, along with other property to be acquired by the Village of Skokie, to the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (the “Foundation”) for the purpose of the construction and operation of a Holocaust Memorial Museum (the “Project”) or, if such use becomes impracticable, will use the Real Estate for another public purpose; and


WHEREAS, the Skokie Ordinance states that such use is a public purpose and such facility will be a “public museum” for purposes of the Department of Natural Resources Act, 20 ILCS 801/1-25(22); and


WHEREAS, the Village Plan Commission has issued a report to the Mayor and the Board of Trustees of the Village recommending, among other things, approval of a site plan for the Project; and


WHEREAS, in furtherance of the Project, the Village and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County have entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement pursuant to which the Village of Skokie will construct a parking lot on Forest Preserve District property to be jointly used by Forest Preserve District patrons and patrons of the Museum; and


WHEREAS, the Village has agreed to pay Cook County $129,000.00 for the Real Estate, based on two appraisals as required by Cook County Ordinance 95-O-7; and


WHEREAS, Cook County is empowered, by its home rule authority and by statutory authority, including the Local Government Property Transfer Act, 50 ILCS 605/0.01 et seq., to convey the Real Estate to the Village; and


WHEREAS, based upon such authority and in reliance on the findings of the Skokie Ordinance, the Board adopts this Ordinance by a vote of two-thirds or more of its members.


NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Board of Commissioners of Cook County, Illinois as follows:


Section 1: The foregoing recitals are incorporated herein as findings of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County, Illinois.


Section 2: The President of the Board is hereby authorized to execute and deliver, on behalf of the County of Cook, a Quit Claim Deed in the form submitted hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit C, conveying the Real Estate to the Village for a public purpose, subject to the covenants, conditions and restrictions contained therein.


Section 3: The President of the Board, the Cook County Comptroller, or the Director of Real Estate Management, are hereby authorized to execute and deliver any and all other documents or instruments and take any and all steps necessary or desirable to effectuate such conveyance, including an escrow agreement as described in Section 4 below.


Section 4: The Village has requested that the conveyance of the Real Estate be accomplished through an escrow agreement, pursuant to which the Real Estate shall be reconveyed to the County of Cook in the following circumstances. Certain other parcels necessary for the Project are currently under contract for purchase by the Village and will close in escrow simultaneously with the conveyance of the Real Estate. If the purchase of any of such parcels fails to close, the escrow agreement shall provide for re-conveyance of the Real Estate to the County, in due course. The Village has agreed to pay all closing costs, including the full cost of such escrow.


Section 5: This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after the later of passage of the Skokie Ordinance and passage and approval of this Ordinance in the manner provided by law.


Approved and adopted this 3rd day of June 2003.


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