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County, board still part of wind farm lawsuit

But Robert Porter, a Rockford-based attorney representing the plaintiffs, repeated much of the initial criticism of the county, saying that notifications were not received before the legally required 15 days, while others say they received a notice with the wrong date of the meeting. Other plaintiffs claim they did not receive any notice at all of the hearing.
13 Apr 2016

Contract with wind farm developer calls for millions in escrow

The co-developer of a wind farm planned for northern Ford County and southern Kankakee County said that an escrow agreement approved by the Ford County Board last week calls for the developers to provide several million dollars in financial security to Ford County to cover repairs and improvements to public roads used to build the wind farm.
23 Mar 2016

Wind project stalled by lawsuit, mitigation pacts; Permit extensions pending in Lee, Whiteside counties

Work slowed in July 2013, when a lawsuit was filed by 60 residents against Lee County and the previous owner, Mainstream. The court challenges cited nonconforming land-use issues, the turbines' effect on property values, and concerns about noise and shadow flicker. The delays have led to the expiration of special-use permits granted by the counties. The permits expired Aug. 26, 2015, in Whiteside County, and they are set to expire in mid-May in Lee County.
20 Feb 2016

Logan County Board approves wind farm on 8-4 vote

Changes made by developers of a wind farm that the Logan County Board rejected in January were enough to win project approval on a second vote. The board voted 8-4 at a Tuesday night meeting in favor of granting a conditional use permit to the controversial $400 million development.
22 Jul 2015

Zoning Board split on wind farm vote

The Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals came up with a two-to-two tie vote on a conditional use permit for the Meridien wind farm project on Wednesday. As a result, the project will go before the Logan County Board on July 16 and 21 with just five conditional recommendations from the ZBA.
10 Jul 2015

Logan County skeptical of wind turbine project

Officials from Relight US Corp., a Delaware-based company that has been tied to the project for years, have said they want to connect more with the community to see how their former proposal was shot down and what changes could be made to move forward on the estimated $400 million project.
3 May 2015

Board of Appeals meeting Monday night.

The United Citizens of Livingston County, opposed to Invenergy’s Pleasant Ridge turbine plans, called upon several witnesses to give their opinions, and each detailed a different way as to how the project would negatively impact the community at a meeting hosted by the Livingston Zoning Board of Appeals Monday night at Pontiac Township High School.
10 Feb 2015

Logan County rejects wind farm

“This slick New York lawyer had an answer for everything, but when I asked him and his other friends if they would raise their families under the turbines, they were silent,” he said. “I have a hard time believing a guy selling this product and doesn't believe in it, and we want to hitch our future to him?”
24 Jan 2015

7,600-acre wind farm petition falls flat in Logan County

In a 6-6 vote Wednesday, the Logan County Board rejected a conditional use permit that would have brought a 7,600-acre wind farm to a stretch of land between Mount Pulaski, Broadwell, Lake Fork and Elkhart. ...there was a great deal of opposition from people living within the proposed quarter-mile footprint of the 80-turbine wind farm.
23 Jan 2015

Public hearings set for Livingston County wind farm

Several other changes may be considered by the board in the future, including changes to the current zoning regulations that would allow for a guarantee from the wind farm company that property values wouldn't decrease because of a new wind farm. The county also may consider a moratorium on wind farm projects until the ordinances can be updated.
17 Oct 2014

Macon County awaits movement on wind turbines project

The winds across the northern plains of Macon County have have continued to flow uninterrupted by any wind turbines. That was not meant to be the case, as county officials moved quickly last year to set the groundwork to build upward of 118 wind turbines across the northern part of the county near Maroa, with a plan that turbines could begin to dot the landscape as early as this fall.
28 Sep 2014
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