BNSF Railway Company vs. Grohne

Change in the date of valuation in an eminent domain case allowed where there was a 25% increase in the market value of the condemned property between the date the complaint was filed and the date of taking By Michael W. Ryan on September 12, 2019        In Illinois eminent domain cases, the […]

IDOT I-80 Bridge Project

IDOT’s $848 million I-80 bridge replacement project has been described as a signature project in Gov. JB Pritzker’s statewide capital bill. This IDOT project is expected to include the acquisition of between 40-50 homes. According to IDOT, land acquisition will begin in the latter part of 2020. http://www.mywebtimes.com/2019/08/04/living-under-the-i-80-bridge/ajqn4uq/

IDOT Route 47 Project – Woodstock, IL

IDOT plans to widen Route 47 from Route 14 to Route 120 in Woodstock, Illinois to allow for two lanes of traffic in each direction separated by a raised curb median. The plans for the project also include a sidewalk and bicycle path improvements. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office and the Illinois Department of Transportation have […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Private Property Owners Can Proceed Directly To Federal Court To Allege A State or Local Government Has Taken Their Property In Violation Of The Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause

By Michael W. Ryan on June 25, 2019 On June 21, 2019, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Knick v. Township of Scott that a private property owner whose property is taken by a state or local government may file a lawsuit asserting a Fifth Amendment takings claim under 42 U.S.C. §1983 in federal […]

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.