Ogle County Subdivision

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

A fiery Ogle County grandmother is determined to stop developers from building a subdivision across from her farm.

Sixty-nine-year-old Bernice Haws is hitting the streets and organizing protests to keep the plan from moving forward.

Bernice Haws has been farming the plot of land for more than thirty years. It is a place she calls her little piece of country, and she's on a mission to keep it that way.

“I'm against farm land being turned into subdivisions. You can't eat houses. You never could eat houses," Bernice says.

But developers want to rezone 65 acres across from Haw's Stillman Valley Farm and build a residential subdivision. Plans are in the early stages, but Haws isn't waiting for the seeds to be planted.

"Everybody gets money and we're stuck with the nightmare. I don't want that," she says.

This notice sits in the field informing residents of the possible changes, but because of the efforts of Bernice Haws, the county has called a public hearing on the issue for this Monday night.

"I've hired a lawyer and I'm going to fight this. Get everybody together. That's what it's all about, power of the people," Bernice adds.

Haws is using signs and pamphlets to get her message out there, and says she'll go to great lengths to save Ogle County’s farmland.

Haws will hold a protest against the development Thursday at 7 p.m. at Camp Medill Friendship Center. The project developers, who live in Poplar Grove, were unavailable for comment.


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