Excerpts from the DesPlainesValleynews.com:

A DuPage County judge signed an order Tuesday officially approving the annexation of Willow Springs into the Tri-State Fire Protection District. Village voters overwhelmingly approved the measure in the March 15 referendum. and Tri-State district trustees voted 3-0 on Monday to approve the annexation.

“It’s a win-win for the taxpayers,” said Willow Springs Mayor Alan Nowaczyk on Tuesday. “Smaller communities just don’t have the money to do it by themselves anymore.”

Nowaczyk said all that remains is for the lawyers to settle on how much it will cost the village, which as part of the annexation has to take on a prorated share of Tri-State’s indebtedness. He also said the former Willow Springs firehouse would remain open as part of the Tri-State District.

“That’s something that we wanted,” he said. “We wanted Tri-State to keep the firehouse in our jurisdiction.”

The measure was approved in March by a vote of 1,319 (67.7 percent) for to 629 (32.3) against. It was approved by voters in all six precincts in Lyons Township and one precinct in Palos Township.

The village has contracted its fire and ambulance service from Tri-State since 2013 and the contract expires in September.

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