Get this... in 2005 the Illinois State Supreme Court ruled that a city can control how a rural subdivision is developed, even if it is outside of their extra-territorial jurisdiction area. Well, the loophole is that it can be many many miles outside, as long as they have a annexation agreement (which doesn't actually have to take effect for 20 years after the agreement is made, and by then they can just agree to abolish the agreement).
You can probably see where this is going. A developer has 1400 acres of land in unincorporated Boone County, IL, on which he wants to develop some commercial and lots of residential. It doesn't adhere to any land use plans anybody has for the area, the schools can't handle the kids, the county doesn't want to maintain the roads, etc. So, the developer started shopping around for a municipality that will let them develop the land, by signing the annexation agreement. And they found one LOCATED 26 MILES AWAY. There are a few cities between the development site, and the little village that will approve it, and they are even in different counties. But, the developer is going to charge each homeowner in his development $100/yr. fee, which will go to the little village 26 miles away, basically as bribe money. This little town is looking to make over $5 million, without having to provide any services to the development. The locals where the development lies will still have to take care of all of that, even though they don't want it.
The state is making progress to close this loophole, but it probably won't happen before this becomes a done deal. It is sickening to me. Here are related articles, if you are interested: Rockford Register Star