Lake County & DuPage County Eminent Domain Updates

After the announcement of IDOT’s plan to rebuild Illinois Roads and Bridges, new details are emerging about specific projects within the $45 billion multi-year plan. According to the plan announced by Governor Jay “J.B.” Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation, $23.5 billion will go towards projects for Illinois roads and bridges and $2.11 billion […]

Gov. Pritzker, IDOT Announce Rebuild Illinois Road and Bridge Projects

On October 21, 2019, Governor Jay “J.B.” Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (“IDOT”) released IDOT’s Fiscal Year 2020-2025 Multi-Year Plan of road and bridge projects across the state, which is the first to capture the historic impact of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan. The $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital plan was approved by […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]