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Monday June 3

Sterling Auto Body Gets Preliminary Approval to Build in Blue Island

Sterling Auto Body has been granted preliminary approval to build a new facility in Blue Island, Illinois, even though the initial application of the collision repair consolidator owned by Allstate Insurance was denied twice by Blue Island's City Council.

In March, Sterling sued the city and six aldermen, resulting in the judge ordering Sterling to re-apply for the permit, which was granted preliminary approval on May 23. The City Council is expected to vote on the final approval of the ordinance on June 11.

Sterling representatives have indicated that they will drop the lawsuit if the aldermen pass their request for the special use permit.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois commented on the turn of events, "It is a sad statement of this government body, when good people vote their conscious believing their position is right for their community, and in doing so are threaten with lawsuits holding them personally liable."

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