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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".
GALESBURG - Wind turbines need more than just masses of moving air before they can begin producing electricity.
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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.
GALESBURG - The Knox County Board will vote Wednesday on a wind ordinance for the county's zoning regulations.
A 233-wind turbine project in eastern La Salle County is nearing the final stages of land acquisition and still is on pace to begin construction in April 2007.
MONMOUTH - Warren County leaders want to be prepared if a wind energy developer decides to build turbines in the region. With a wind energy developer interested in Warren County, zoning officials spent the last several months researching the issue and creating an ordinance that regulates wind energy systems. The Warren County Board unanimously approved the ordinance Wednesday.
ROCKFORD A coalition of governments and businesses on Thursday will unveil plans to build a multimillion dollar alternative energies research and demonstration center on the south side of the Chicago/Rockford International Airport.
Wind turbines were a subject of debate in the House Tuesday as members bided their time while legislative leaders and Gov. Rod Blagojevich worked on the budget.