GURNEE, Ill. (CBS) — A historic school that has long been a thorn in the side of Gurnee School District 56 is coming down.
WBBM Newsradio’s Veronica Carter reports Gurnee Grade School was built on a floodplain along the Des Plaines River in 1954, just 600 feet from the river, so it was prone to flooding.
District 56 Superintendent Dr. John Hutton said the building was constructed before the river’s floodplains were mapped.
“Most schools that old were built, it was land that was given to schools. That probably, at that time even, was not a good spot for anything else,” he said.