DuPage County is the second most populous county in the State. It should come as no surprise, then, that private property is routinely taken by government bodies in DuPage County. The Ryan & Ryan team have represented property owners in DuPage County for over 45 years, including those located in Naperville, Oak Brook, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Lombard, West Chicago, Elmhurst, Addison, and Itasca for various projects including:
- I-355 Extension;
- O’Hare Airport Modernization & Expansion;
- I-294 Expansion;
- Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project;
- Route 59;
- Route 34 (Ogden Avenue);
- Route 38 (Roosevelt Road);
- Route 64 (North Avenue);
- Route 19 (Irving Park Road);
- Route 20 (Lake Street); and
- Route 53.
When the State of Illinois or any other public body seeks to acquire private property located in DuPage County (or anywhere else in Illinois), it may only do so if it is for a public use and only upon payment of the just compensation as set forth in Article 1 Section 15 of the Illinois Constitution.
Any property owner who receives notice or a written offer of just compensation that all or part of their property may be acquired for a public use should meet with an experienced DuPage County eminent domain attorney at Ryan & Ryan to discuss (1) whether the government has the right to take the property via eminent domain (2) how the taking (full or partial) or easements (temporary or permanent) may impact your remaining property and (3) what amount of just compensation you are entitled to receive under Illinois law.
DuPage County Eminent Domain Attorney
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 acquire the property by eminent domain. Finally, in many instances, the government’s offer of just compensation is far too low. An experienced DuPage County eminent domain attorney at Ryan & Ryan 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 attorneys at Ryan & Ryan have extensive experience in the DuPage County Circuit Court located in Wheaton, Illinois. More importantly, Ryan & Ryan will assemble the best experts to defend you in the condemnation case. It is critical to retain the right appraiser, engineer, architect, and land planner, if necessary, to analyze your property, evaluate the effect the taking will have on your property, and determine the value of the property the government seeks to take from you and any damages that equate to a reduction in value to your remaining property.
Whether you are a corporation, a local business, a homeowner, or a farmer, our team will help you protect your property and get the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with us today so we can schedule an appointment and talk about how we can keep your property safe and protected.