The relocation of McDonald’s corporate offices to Chicago presents the Oak Brook Park District with an opportunity to secure open space and park land for the community. In July 2018, the Oak Brook Park District Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to place a referendum question on the ballot asking the voters whether it should issue $17.9 million in general obligation bonds to purchase the 34-acre open space at Jorie Boulevard and Kensington Road commonly known as the "McDonald's Soccer Fields". The proposed bonds would be repaid over a 20-year period. The referendum question will be on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot and all residents of the Oak Brook Park District will have the opportunity to vote on the measure.
Below is the official language of the referendum on the ballot:
Shall the Oak Brook Park District, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, purchase and improve the approximately 34 acres commonly known as the “McDonald’s Soccer Fields,” located north of said Park District’s Central Park and between Kingery Highway (Route 83), Kensington Road and Jorie Boulevard, and issue its bonds to the amount of $17,900,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
Should the referendum pass, and the Oak Brook Park District purchase the McDonald’s Soccer Fields, the owner of a $1 million house would pay an estimated $266 more a year in property taxes to the district.
How to Vote
Residents will have the opportunity to approve the purchase of the McDonald’s Fields property during the Nov. 6, 2018 election.
Oak Brook Park District Open Space Project Information
The Oak Brook Park District will publish information regarding this project at www.obparks.org/programs/oak-brook-park-district-open-space-project.