Eminent Domain Attorney in Cook County, IL

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Cook County is the largest county in Illinois, population-wise, so it is not surprising that government bodies routinely condemn private property in Cook County. Any government body has the right to take private property for a public use. Federal and state constitutions allow such forced acquisitions but only if the government compensates the private property owner. This is clearly stated in Article 1 Section 15 of the Illinois Constitution, which provides:

“private property shall not be taken or damaged for public use without just compensation as provided by law. Such compensation shall be determined by a jury as provided by law.”

Any private property owner who is at risk of losing property to the government must work with an experienced eminent domain attorney in Cook County and the Ryan & Ryan team is the ideal choice.

Cook County Eminent Domain Attorney

Government agencies typically take property by eminent domain for projects such as new highways or road widenings.

However, there are instances when government agencies seek to acquire property by eminent domain, and a public use does not exist. Other times government agencies may not follow the required procedure established by Illinois law to take property by eminent domain. Finally, in many instances the government’s offer of just compensation is far too low. A Cook County eminent domain attorney can help you challenge the government’s taking and obtain the just compensation required under the law.

Illinois laws governing eminent domain are complex and require an attorney with the knowledge and expertise to defend the right of private property and ensure the payment of the required just compensation.

The Ryan & Ryan team has been representing property owners since 1975. Committed to protecting private property owners like you, our attorneys know how to do that with:

  • Confidence
  • Expertise
  • Knowledge
  • Creative Strategies

Our culture at Ryan & Ryan is one that’s filled with energy and passion to provide you with the right expert legal advice. Whether you are a corporation, a local business, a landowner, or a farmer, our team will help you protect your property and obtain the just compensation you deserve.

As a constant fixture in the U.S. News World Report, Best Law Firms and with a membership in the Owners’ Counsel of America, Ryan & Ryan is the right choice for your legal needs.

Looking for expert legal advice for Illinois private property owners? We’ve got you covered!

At Ryan & Ryan we cover all of Cook County, including but not limited to the following municipalities:

  • Chicago
  • Schaumburg
  • Bartlett
  • Addison
  • Evanston
  • Orland Park
  • Palatine
  • Franklin Park
  • Winnetka

Someone from the team will always be there for you.

Get in touch with us today so we can schedule an appointment and discuss how we can protect your property and maximize the just compensation you receive from the government.


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Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is the power to take any property for public use without the owner’s consent in exchange for the payment of just compensation.

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Condemnation is the process whereby your property is taken by the government against your will for a public project or the “public good.”

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