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