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Chicago Heights seeks ownership of six parcels for scrap metal company

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CHICAGO | The Cook County Board on Wednesday referred to its Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee a measure by which Chicago Heights is asking for control over six parcels of land, five of which are vacant, through the county’s No Cash Bid program.

Under that program, tax-delinquent properties can be taken over by local government once a yearlong process to get the property owner to catch up on tax payments is complete.

Chicago Heights officials told the county they want to turn all the parcels over to Wilkins & Son LLC, which is leasing the land from its owners and would use it for a metal scrapping company that dismantles machinery.

Officials say ultimately turning the land over to the company would allow Wilkins & Son to expand by creating a trailer dismantling center. City officials would not say how many new jobs would be created by this move, but they said the company has completed two expansions in recent years that added 50 jobs.

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