Hinsdale Illinois Tollway I-294 Project

Ryan and Ryan can assist property owners in the crosshairs of eminent domain for the Illinois Tollway’s I-294 project.  Some homeowners in Hinsdale will be forced to sell a portion of their backyards to the Illinois Tollway for the I-294 Central Tri-State expansion project.   Homeowner’s reaction to I-294 project: ‘We are being railroaded’ by […]

An Eminent Domain Lease Provision Controls Issue of Apportionment of Just Compensation Award Between A Landlord and Tenant

By Lauren Ryan on May 9, 2019 Eminent Domain Case: Department of Transportation v. 600 West Dundee, LLC A new Illinois appellate decision was issued from the Fist District on May 7, 2019, captioned Department of Transportation v. 600 West Dundee, LLC, 2019 Il App (1st) 181699, that involves apportionment of a just compensation award […]

Hinsdale’s Plan for Widening the Central Tri-State Tollway Falls Short

The village of Hinsdale submitted its own design to widen Interstate 294, developing an alternate plan for the stretch of tollway between Ogden Avenue and 55th Street. However, Illinois Tollway officials say their plan would impact residential property in Western Springs, does not meet certain safety guidelines, and would potentially shift the center line of […]

Jarreau v. South Lafourche Levee District petition denied

On October 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied a property owner’s petition for a writ of certiorari in Jarreau v. S. Lafourche Levee District, No. 17-163,  which involved the issue of whether the government must pay compensation under the just compensation clause of the Fifth Amendment when the condemnation of real property inevitably destroys […]

Owners’ Counsel of America Announces New Executive Director

The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) announced Leslie Fields as the new executive director on October 11, 2017. The OCA is a national organization composed of leading eminent domain attorneys and William Ryan is the Illinois member. To read the press release on the organization’s new leader, click here.

Illinois Supreme Court rules against Rock Island Clean Line

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled on September, 21, 2017 that Rock Island Clean Line does not qualify as a public utility and found the Illinois Commerce Commission lacked legal authority to issue the certificate of public convenience and necessity under section 8-406 of the Illinois Public Utility Act. This unanimous decision was made on the […]

Federal Transportation Board rejects Great Lakes Basin rail line

Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. (GLBT) filed an application pursuant to 49 U.S. C. § 10901 on May 1, 2017 seeking authority from the Surface Transportation Board (Board) to construct and operate an approximately 261-mile rail line that would extend around Chicago, Illinois generally from Pinola, Indiana through Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, LaSalle, Grundy, and Kankakee […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Private Property Owner

On June 23, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a private property owner regarding the proper test for what constitutes the whole property for purposes of a regulatory taking under the Fifth Amendment. To read more about this property rights case, click here.

Expansion Project for Illinois Highway gets Federal Approval

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) plan to expand and rebuild the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) received federal approval on July 28, 2017. The plan calls for widening the highway and adding managed toll lanes between Mannheim Road and Racine Avenue. The proposal also includes expanded linkages between Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority, as […]