Chicken fight may not be over in La Grange
Updated: December 31, 2012 5:42PM
LA GRANGE — Jeff Cogelja, who lives on the 200 block of South Ashland Avenue, is collecting signatures on a petition to bring the matter before voters on the April 2013 ballot. He seeks to revise a 1981 ordinance banning chicken and other farm animals.
“I haven’t given up the fight yet,” said Cogelja, whose request was rejected by the Village Board Oct. 8.
Cogelja is hosting an informational meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., on raising poultry for personal use. He also is offering tours of his backyard coop.
“I have to get rid of the ladies by mid-November,” he said of his four hens. “If I get enough signatures before the next board meeting, I may make a final plea to ask if I can keep them until the April election.”
Cogelja approached the board with a petition to allow chickens in April, but trustees said they needed more time to study the matter. In the interim, Cogelja completed a coop and began raising four hens, which haven’t yet matured to lay eggs.
In September, he was notified of two complaints against his chickens.
Although he and his children have become attached to the hens, Cogelja said he will find a home for them on a farm, if he is forced to do so.
Chicken opponents cite noise, smell and other concerns as reasons to ban the birds.
Village President Liz Asperger said the majority of feedback she and trustees gathered was negative on allowing chickens in back yards of 50-foot lots.