Wal-Mart Controversy Continues
By: Carly O’Keefe
Jackson County, IL - Lelan Stallings stands in his front yard and motions to an open field that's slated to become the second Wal-Mart Super Center in Jackson County. He says he doesn't want the hustle and bustle of a bigger-than-big box retail shop in his quiet country neighborhood.
"I paced it off. It’s 50 feet from my property line to theirs,” he said. “If they come here, it'll be a zoo, it'll be worse than a zoo. There will be all sorts of traffic and this will be a commercial area."
Stallings can't legally object to Wal-Mart setting up shop a few yards from his home; but he can object to 10 acres of his land being annexed to stretch the Murphysboro city limits to include the new Wal-Mart.
"It’s destroying our neighborhood, it's destroying our property value, and it's my constitutional right to object to that," Stallings said.
"We scored a hit, you might say, but it's not definitive. The appellate court has to decide whether they will even take the case," said Stallings.
"It gives me a little hope," said Carolyn Williams who may soon look over the small pond in her front yard and see the rear of the Super Center.
"Just a few more months of quiet. That's all I ask if it's going to come here," said Williams.
"It's a part of the process, and part that we expected, again it's just a delay and we just keep moving forward, we've not backed off a bit," said Mayor Williams.