Friday, March 28, 2014

No Illiana 4 Us Hosting a "Protect Your Property Rights" Meeting

No Illiana 4 Us will host an informational meeting regarding eminent domain and protecting property rights Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Peotone American Legion, 109 E North St., Peotone, IL 60468.

Illinois landowners in the B3 path have received letters asking whether the landowner will allow IDOT's contracted appraisers on the landowner's property.  

Sign-in is 6:00--6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m..   More on No Illiana 4 Us.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Illiana Landowner Receives Appraisal Letter

By Ann Baskerville

March 26, 2014

Virginia Hamann--whose home and farm lie in the most recently mapped route of the proposed Illiana Expressway B3 corridor-- received a registered letter this weekend from a real estate appraisal company contracted by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  The letter asked Hamann to call the company if she would like the company to come out and complete an appraisal on her land.  Hamann promptly contacted the company on Monday to state no appraisal company would be allowed on her land without a court order.  

Hamann, a member of No Illiana 4 Us, stated she has received anxiety-ridden emails from other landowners in the B3's proposed path.  One landowner described herself as "nearing a nervous breakdown" due to the uncertainty regarding if, when, and how her land will be taken.  


Virginia Hamann of No Illiana 4 Us responds to emails from landowners in the Illiana Expressway B3's path

While the letter Hamann received does not state the landowner is required by law to allow an appraisal team on the landowner's property, Hamann stated she feels contacting landowners regarding appraisals before a final Federal Record of Decision is on file amounts to "bullying and intimidation, and it needs to stop." Hamann said she encourages all concerned citizens who have not already signed the petition against the Illiana Expressway to do so at the No Illiana 4 Us website

Update: Will County News has received a response to questions from Guy Tridgell, Deputy Director of Communications at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Tridgell's responses to questions are in blue:


Q: Is it the policy of IDOT and the Illiana team to contact landowners like this before the Tier 2 Federal Record of Decision comes down?

As part of the overall land acquisition process, there has been regular contact between us and landowners within the project corridor through public meetings, face-to-face contact and letters.  We will not be making any offers until we receive a final Record of Decision. This is just part of the appraisal process.  

Q: Is IDOT contacting all landowners in the B3 path?

            We are in the process of contacting the owners of all 350 parcels within the expressway corridor.

Q: The landowner I spoke with stated she had been advised not to let any appraisal team on her property unless the appraisal team had a court order.  What is IDOT's procedure for appraising land if the land owner's refuse to allow the appraisers on the land?

If the owner chooses not to make their property available for inspection, the appraiser will perform the inspection off site, from the public way or from an adjacent property.


Will County News has emailed the Illiana Expressway Ombudsman for comment on this issue and will post any received comment as soon as possible. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Illinois Republican Governor Primary Election Results by County 2014

Results from the March 18, 2014 Primary Election for the Republican Candidate for Governor in Illinois can be found on a county by county basis on each county's election results website. Results will begin to post after polls close on March 18, 2014.  To view county by county results for the race among Bill Brady, Dan Rutherford, Kirk Dillard, and Bruce Rauner go here:

Counties with large populations:
Cook County
-----City of Chicago here------Suburban Cook here
DuPage County
Lake County
Will County
Kane County
McHenry County

Remaining counties in alpha order, if no link, could not find site:
Adams County
Alexander County
Bond County
Boone County
Brown County
Bureau County
Calhoun County
Carroll County
Cass County
Champaign County
Christian County
Clark County
Clay County
Clinton County
Coles County
Crawford County
Cumberland County
DeKalb County
DeWitt County
Douglas County
Edgar County
Edwards County
Effingham County
Fayette County
Ford County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Gallatin County
Green County
Grundy County
Hamilton County
Hancock County
Hardin County
Henderson County
Henry County
Iroquois County
Jackson County
Jasper County
Jefferson County
Jersey County
Jo Daviess County
Johnson County
Kankakee County
Kendall County
Knox County
La Salle County
Lawrence County
Lee County 
Livingston County
Logan County
McDonough County
McLean County
Macon County
Macoupin County
Madison County
Marion County
Marshall County
Mason County
Massac County
Menard County
Mercer County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Morgan County
Moultrie County
Ogle County
Peoria County
Perry County
Piatt County
Pike County
Pope County
Pulaski County
Putnam County
Randolph County
Richland County
Rock Island County
St. Clair County
Saline County
Sangamon County
Schuyler County
Scott County
Shelby County
Stark County
Stephenson County
Tazewell County
Union County
Vermilion County
Wabash County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
White County
Whiteside County
Williamson County
Winnebago County
Woodford County













Will County March 18, 2014 Primary Election Results

To view results from the March 18, 2014 Primary Election in Will County, go here.  Results will start to post after polls close. 

Wilton Township Referendum Election Results March 2014

To view results from the March 18, 2014 Wilton Township Referendum Election, go here go to the second page, and scroll down to the bottom.  Results will start to post after polls close. 

New Lenox Community Park Referendum Election Results 2014

To view results from the March 18, 2014 New Lenox Community Park Referendum Election, go here go to the second page, and scroll down to the bottom.  Results will start to post after polls close. 

Plainfield Township Park District Referendum Results 2014

To view results from the March 18, 2014 Plainfield Township Park District Referendum Election, go here go to the second page, and scroll down to the bottom.  Results will start to post after polls close. 

New Lenox Fire Protection District Referendum Election Results

To view results from the March 18, 2014 New Lenox Fire Protection District Referendum Election, go here and scroll down to the bottom.  Results will start to post after polls close. 

Will County Sheriff Primary Election Results 2014

To view election results for the Democratic and Republican Will County Sheriff Primary Elections, go here.  Results will start to post after polls close.

Democratic Candidates for Will County Sheriff are:
Mike Kelley
Steve Egan
Ed Bradley

Republican Candidates for Will County Sheriff are:
Nick Ficarello
Ken Kaupus


Monday, March 10, 2014

Illiana Expressway Tier Two Hearing in Wilmington

Landowners in the B3 Illiana Expressway Corridor meet with land acquisition representatives at the Tier Two Illiana Expressway Public Meeting and Hearing in Wilmington, Illinois, February 2014



Poster about possible road closures due to the Illiana Expressway

Videos of citizens who spoke at the public hearing on the Tier Two Environmental Impact Statement for the Illiana Expressway:

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Part Eight:

Part Nine:

Part Ten:

Part Eleven:

Part Twelve:

Part Thirteen:

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Part Fifteen:

Part Sixteen:

Part Seventeen:

Part Eighteen:

Part Nineteen:

Part Twenty:

Part Twenty-One:

Part Twenty-Two:

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Part Twenty-Six:
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