Articles from Illinois
BLOOMINGTON -- Construction of the $500 million wind farm in eastern McLean County apparently is on hold for wetland conservation, not national security.
BENSON -- A $200 million wind farm is set to bring 80 enormous turbines to the fields near Benson, where not everyone is a fan.
The company plants to build about 57 turbines in Bureau County, with the possibility of building 85 in Lee County.
GALESBURG - Could national security concerns slow the progress of two local wind farm projects? Not likely, but anything is possible when the federal government gets involved, according to the developers spearheading wind farms near Bishop Hill and Alexis.
CHICAGO - Illinois Democrats Dick Durbin and Barack Obama are among six U.S. senators who sent a letter Friday to two federal agencies expressing concern after the federal government stopped work on wind farms while it studies whether the giant turbines could interfere with military radar.
Study to examine projects' effect on military operations
BENSON (AP) -- Woodford County residents will get a chance next month to hear more about a proposed wind farm that would involve 80 gigantic turbines.
The Boone County Alliance Against Intrusive Energy wants the board to re-vote on approving a special use permit for the farm.
BELVIDERE — A special meeting this week that set the stage for the county's first wind farm was improper, and anything decided in that meeting should be considered void, the Boone County state's attorney has ruled.
County Board Vice Chairman Dave Taylor strongly objected to votes by Genrich and Karl Johnson, who both won election to the board in March. "Having people vote on an issue of that magnitude who never sat through the hearings or testimony may be legal, but it is wrong," Taylor said by telephone from his home after the meeting.
Some board members didn’t even know there was a meeting. Others say they knew about the meeting but were not prepared to vote on the wind farm.
In a lawsuit filed last week, attorney Jack Vieley accuses the McLean County Board and Horizon Wind Energy of ignoring or downplaying the potential dangers of the facility, including high voltage, cancer risk and noise and shadow pollution, among other complaints.
Construction of the world's largest wind farm in eastern McLean County should be put on hold, according to a lawsuit filed by an Ellsworth family that would live next to it.
The Zoning Board of Appeals decision not to recommend it is deemed "logically inconsistent".
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GALESBURG - Wind turbines need more than just masses of moving air before they can begin producing electricity.
Livingston County recently amended its zoning ordinance to regulate tower height, setback zoning, lighting, noise level, and other variables concerning wind towers. But the county board wants to further regulate wind energy conversion systems before they crop up in Livingston County, and has a committee in place studying the issue.
Open land and adequate wind have wind farm developers planning nearly 380 wind turbines within a 25-mile radius of Galesburg in the next few years.
ALEDO - A set of wind turbine ordinances have been adopted in Mercer County. The Mercer County Board approved the new policies last week, which are uniform to neighboring counties. The measures take into account setbacks and building permit fees for new towers.
GALESBURG - The Knox County Board unanimously approved a wind energy ordinance Wednesday that will provide zoning regulations for wind farms.