Woodstock, IL Eminent Domain Update: Route 47

More details from Governor J.B. Pritzker’s multibillion-dollar statewide transportation plan are emerging. Our team of eminent domain lawyers are closely monitoring all of IDOT’s proposed projects. We are here to uphold the constitutional requirement that the government must pay just compensation for acquired land. IDOT Route 47 Project in Woodstock, IL According to the Woodstock […]

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 […]

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 […]

Budget Impasse Could Halt State Roadwork

The reality of not having a state budget in nearly two years could pose a threat to the continued roadway work across the State of Illinois. Without a stopgap measure by the state, the Illinois Tollway will be unable to pay contractors effective July 1, 2017 and bring all work to a stopping point. Read […]

Illinois Tollway and Canadian Pacific Potential Mediation Over Land Dispute

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board seeks a mediator to solve the dispute related to land sought by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority to construct highway ramps over the Canadian Pacific train tracks just west of O’Hare International Airport. The two parties are arguing about whether federal interstate commerce laws trump the Tollway’s eminent domain […]