Russel Jensen

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Russel Jensen's warehouse and weathered crematory Dec. 2011

Posted by staff11:30 a.m. Jan 15, 2012.

On Tuesday January 17, Kankakee City Council will be re-voting for the second time in less than one year on Mr. Russel Jensen’s petition to operate a crematorium on his property at 2450 Grinnell Rd in Kankakee.

In August, 2006, Mr. Jensen applied for and received a conditional use permit to build and operate a warehouse on his property. At the same time, Mr. Jensen also applied to the Illinois EPA as River Valley Crematory requesting a permit to construct and operate a crematory. Illinois EPA issued that permit November 1, 2006.

Records show Mr. Jensen never applied to the City of Kankakee for a permit to operate a crematorium until 2011. City Council and the residents adjacent to Mr. Jensen’s property became aware of his plans when Mr. Jensen placed a crematory on his property in 2009 without a permit.

By that time, Mr. Jensen had accumulated a large file of code violations.    According to the documents

resulting in an Order of Demolition dated July 27, 2010, Mr. Jensen was dumping car parts and storing his boat on the property, he had never mowed or graded the land which was an eyesore to the residential neighborhood, and had partially constructed a building that was legally ruled unsafe and a hazard that could not be brought up to code.

In addition, Mr. Jensen was not responding to the numerous letters sent by the City and he had not complied with the notices to clean up his property. He also did not pay the assessed fines which included the City of Kankakee mowing the property to rid it of health and safety issues.

So why in early 2011 did the City of Kankakee and the Planning Board recommend that Mr. Jensen be given a permit to operate a crematorium on his property—property whose 2010 taxes were recently sold for non-payment of the total due of $82.93?


Why voting again on Crematorium?

Posted by staff⋅6:58 p.m. Jan 14, 2012.

At the June 20, 2011 City Council meeting, the Council defeated Mr. Jensen’s request for a permit to operate a crematorium by defeating the motion to place the item on its second reading.

The Mayor had not placed the second reading of Mr. Jensen’s Special Use permit request on the agenda for the June 6 meeting. On June 20, it was also not on the agenda.

Alderman Hunter made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jones, to amend the agenda to include the second reading on the crematorium issue. Then Alderman Baron, seconded by Alderman Rich Browne, made a motion to table, which did not carry.

The Motion to amend the agenda to place Mr. Jensen’s conditional use permit request on second reading passed seven ayes to six nays  Continue reading

Crematorium: The Burning Issues

Russel Jensen's warehouse and weathered crematory Dec. 2011

Posted by 11:30 a.m. Jan 15, 2012
After 5½ years of garbage, 6-foot weeds,
rotting particle board, scattered car parts and a boat,
can this business change to a good neighbor?

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When you do not stand up
when government and power
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never speaking up,
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to attack another and another.
You are attacked because
the person before you cowered.
The next is attacked because of you.
So on your feet!
Do not whisper,
do not hide pretending
you do not see,
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like you live in America,
before it’s gone.
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October 3, 2013
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Steal My Plumbing!
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