Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bipartisanship in Illinois

A good start:

In an ironic twist, the publicity around the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent affirmation of municipalities’ rights to take private land and turn over to other private owners for economic development could end up curbing that trend
— at least in Illinois.

Tuesday, both a Republican and a Democratic legislator announced plans to review Illinois’ stance on eminent domain issues, and both indicated they want to enhance individual property owners’ rights.

At the same time, Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s office also got in on the act, announcing the governor, too, is drawing up legislation to curtail the practice.