Source: Institute for Justice
Alan Josephsen Company has operated in the Chicago suburb of Mundelein since 1978, recycling cardboard, waste paper and paper packaging, but that may soon change. The mayor and village board of trustees plan to take their property through eminent domain and turn it over to a private developer to 'revitalize' the downtown area, replacing it with apartments and retail shops. Their rationale is that the recycling facility is an eyesore, does not provide a benefit to downtown Mundelein, and does not fit their vision for the future, but destroying someone's livelihood does not seem to be on their conscience. If the recycling company didn't provide a benefit to the community they would lose their customers and go under. The fact that they are profitable enough to remain in business means Mundelein residents do believe they provide a benefit to downtown Mundelein.