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County of Cook v. John Sexton Contractors Co.

OPINION FILED JULY 7, 1980.

THE COUNTY OF COOK, PLAINTIFF AND COUNTERDEFENDANT-APPELLEE,

v.

JOHN SEXTON CONTRACTORS CO., DEFENDANT AND COUNTERPLAINTIFF-APPELLANT. — (THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, DEFENDANT; COSMOPOLITAN NATIONAL BANK ET AL., COUNTERPLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS; THE VILLAGE OF RICHTON PARK, INTERVENOR-APPELLEE.)



APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. RICHARD L. CURRY, Judge, presiding.

MR. PRESIDING JUSTICE GOLDBERG DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

Rehearing denied August 4, 1980.

This record brings before us an attempted continuation of litigation upon matters disposed of by the opinion of the supreme court in County of Cook v. John Sexton Contractors Co. (1979), 75 Ill.2d 494, 389 N.E.2d 553. A reading of that opinion is essential.

• 1, 2 In that case, the supreme court affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the cause to the circuit court. The supreme court mandate directed entry of "an order in accordance with the views expressed" in the opinion. We regard this direction as specific. It did not permit further litigation. It required the entry of an order by the circuit court which would stop Sexton's activity in operation of a sanitary landfill under the existing R-4 zoning of the tract in question. "Precise and unambiguous directions in a mandate must be obeyed." Stuart v. Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Co. (1979), 75 Ill.2d 22, 28, 387 N.E.2d 312, cert. denied (1979), 444 U.S. 844, 62 L.Ed.2d 56, 100 S.Ct. 86.

However, the cause did not proceed as directed. Instead, Sexton filed a fourth affirmative defense and added count V to its counterclaim. As Sexton states, these pleadings "are essentially similar in form." They allege the Cook County zoning ordinance in its application to sanitary landfills is invalid and void because it fails to conform to the uniform statewide environmental standards and regulations adopted by the Illinois Pollution Control Board. The county of Cook, plaintiff, filed a motion to strike these additional pleadings. The village of Richton Park, intervenor, filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings on the entire complaint and counterclaim as thus amended.

On September 18, 1979, the trial court struck Sexton's fourth affirmative defense and count V of its counterclaim and granted the motion of the village for judgment on the pleadings. Sexton has appealed from these orders. Sexton's brief states that on October 16, 1979, the trial court entered a permanent injunction restraining Sexton from operating the landfill. No appeal was taken from this order.

In this court Sexton urges under the supreme court decision home-rule units have concurrent jurisdiction as to sanitary landfills with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Pollution Control Board. But, as a condition to its jurisdiction, the home-rule unit must first have adopted a local zoning ordinance which conforms to the uniform statewide environmental standards adopted by the Pollution Control Board. Sexton also contends the county zoning ordinance is void because it does not conform to the statewide environmental standards and regulations established by the Pollution Control Board.

I.

Close reading of the supreme court decision requires us to disagree with Sexton's first point. The supreme court held the power and authority of the board and of the county are "distinct but concurrent powers that must be exercised cooperatively in the interest of environmental protection." (County of Cook, 75 Ill.2d 494, 516.) Immediately after this language the supreme court added:

"To this end, the County, in zoning land for landfill sites, must adhere to the environmental regulations adopted by the Board, while the Agency, operating under the Board's regulations, must comply with the County's zoning ordinance when issuing permits for landfill sites. Thus, the authority granted the Board under the Act and the home rule authority granted to the County under the Constitution's article VII, section 6, can be exercised in unison to accomplish the public policy expressed in article XI, section 1, of the 1970 Constitution.

We conclude that Sexton, who has complied with the regulations of the Board, must also comply with the zoning restrictions of the County." 75 Ill.2d 494, 516-17.

Under no circumstances can we construe the opinion of the supreme court, or any language therein, as requiring a local implementation ordinance as a condition precedent to the validity of the county zoning ordinance as suggested by Sexton.

II.

Sexton next urges sanitary landfills are allowed as special uses under County Industrial Districts designated as I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4 and also on Open Land Districts under P-2 zoning. Sexton then compares the requirements of the county ordinance pertaining to sanitary landfills in those zoning districts with the statewide regulations of the Pollution Control Board pertaining to operation and design of sanitary landfills. Sexton ...


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