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Chicago film student produces documentary on NorthPoint controversy in Elwood

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

A Chicago film student took on the task of documenting the controversy of NorthPoint Development’s plan to establish a 2,000-acre industrial park in Elwood and Jackson Township.

Jimmy Haley, a student at DePaul University, directed and edited the film, which mainly focused on the experience of grassroots activists living in the area who led the “Just Say No to NorthPoint” campaign.

Haley interviewed locals Stephanie Irvine, Delilah LeGrett, Katie Hunt, Lisa Witt as well as state Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., all of whom spoke out against the project.

The film features shots in and around Elwood and uses footage from the village of Elwood’s Planning and Zoning Commission public hearings during which dozens of Elwood and Jackson Township residents spoke overwhelmingly against the proposal.

Lorenzo Parola and Cathal Doyle also were credited as cinematographers on the film.

The documentary notes NorthPoint Development never responded to several requests for an interview for the film.

The saga continues as NorthPoint Development recently applied to Will County for the zoning needed for Compass Business Park.

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