Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2013, 9:31 am

Fox Lake board votes 'no' on chickens

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FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) Fox Lake is saying 'no' to chickens.

The Fox Lake Village Board voted 4-2 Wednesday against an ordinance that would have allowed residents to get a permit to raise hens on property zoned for single-family homes. The measure would have banned chickens from multifamily homes and prohibited roosters in residential areas.

The Northwest Herald reports that Fox Lake joins Mundelein, Crystal Lake, McHenry and Lake in the Hills in rejecting chickens. Other communities have said 'yes,' including Chicago, Evanston, Long Grove and West Dundee.

Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley has cited odor issues and the possibility of attracting predators and rodents as potential downsides of chicken ownership. But Fox Lake Trustee Donny Schmit voted for the chicken measure, saying he believes those issues had been addressed.