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Decision expected in November in Aurora housing board dispute

Updated: October 18, 2012 9:28PM

A final decision is expected in the end of November in the dispute between the Aurora Housing Authority and the city of Aurora over who belongs on the AHA’s board.

The AHA and the city disagree over the expiration dates for the terms of two AHA board members, Al Schuler and Bill Burns.

AHA attorney Jennifer Soule has argued that Schuler’s term should expire in 2014, and Burns’ term in 2013. City officials, however, say the terms of both Schuler and Burns actually expired last month.

The city says Aurora’s home rule authority trumps Illinois code that mandates the longer terms for Schuler and Burns.

On Thursday, lawyers for both sides were back in Kane County Court.

They agreed to file new motions in the next two weeks, and set a court date for Nov. 28, when Judge Thomas Mueller is expected to hand down his final decision.

The action taken Thursday would also speed the case through the appeals process, should either the city or AHA attempt to appeal Mueller’s decision, officials said. But an appeal could mean that the case would not be settled until the new year.

Meanwhile, the disagreement over who belongs on the AHA board could slow decisions made about redevelopment at the Jericho Circle public housing complex `site or whether the AHA should look for new options in establishing public housing around the city.

While Schuler and other AHA board members have advocated for redeveloping the Jericho Circle site with mixed-income housing, the two residents Mayor Tom Weisner has selected to fill the seats of Schuler and Burns — businessman Scott Voris and Realtor Shauna Wiet — have indicated they would likely not be in favor of building again at Jericho Circle.

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