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UPDATE: Mr. Jensen withdraws request for crematorium permit

Posted by staff Jan 17, 2012

Kraftdale residents were shocked by the news earlier tonight that Mr. Jensen withdrew his request for a crematorium permit.

At City Council, Mayor Epstein reported that the administration received a letter that afternoon from Mr. Jensen asking that his application be withdrawn. The full letter was not read at the meeting.

Mr. Jensen purchased the property at 2450 Grinnell Rd in Kankakee’s eastside industrial area in 2006. Complaints from residents in the adjacent subdivision of Kraftdale began shortly thereafter.

By that time, Mr. Jensen had accumulated a large file of code violations.

Garbage, 6-foot weeds, rotting particle board, scattered car parts and a boat, littered the Jensen property across the street from this residential neighborhood. By the time Mr. Jensen moved in a crematory furnace several years later, without a city permit (he had a temporary  permit from  the Illinois EPA  in 2006 pending satisfying state and local regulations), code violations and frustrations had already stacked up.

Although Mr. Jensen had trouble caring for this property, his management and care as part-owner of Brown Funeral Home of Manteno is well respected.

Much time and effort were invested by many people to keep the Kraftdale and surrounding area from being negatively impacted. Alderman Steve Hunter, Kankakee Township Supervisor /County Board member Larry Enz, and many Kraftdale residents, including Randy and RoseAnna Kinckerbocker, spoke up about their concerns to the City of Kankakee, to the Kankakee Aldermen and to the IEPA.

Also, Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes and Schreffler Funeral Homes both generously provided information about cremation and crematory management.

Read the discussion (pages 4-52) between Mr. Jensen, the Kraftdale neighbors, other concerned officials and the City of Kankakee Planning Board and learn how someone is approved for a permit.

Look over lawsuit documents filed by the City of Kankakee against Mr. Jensen and Mr. Jensen’s lawsuit against the City of Kankakee.


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