Marriott faced up-hill battle to develop Gurnee park decades ago

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Those with long memories will note that 2003 marks the 30th anniversary of a critical milestone in the development of the regional institution: passage of the advisory referendum that cleared the way for Chicagoland's first outdoor theme park, what is now known as Six Flags Great America, since Riverview. Local opposition caused an 11-month battle to win approval to annex the property to Gurnee and build the park.

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