Thanks for visiting the Sever Storey web page for the State of Illinois. Our firm of eminent domain attorneys has represented dozens of Illinois landowners in matters ranging from road projects and high voltage transmission lines to natural gas and oil pipelines. As a result, our attorneys have accumulated the necessary Illinois-specific eminent domain knowledge to handle any type of case—big or small. We have seen it all and are ready to handle the unique and complex issues your Illinois condemnation case may present. If you need immediate attention please contact us directly at 1-888-318-3761 or email me at email@example.com.
Sever Storey is a landowner-only, eminent domain-only law firm. We pride ourselves on ONLY representing property owners who are faced with eminent domain. A lot of lawyers like to position themselves as “eminent domain” lawyers, but if you check out their website, you will find that they practice eminent domain, bankruptcy, real estate transactions, wills and estates, etc… If you peruse our web site, you will find nothing but eminent domain and condemnation content. Not only that, you will find nothing but landowner-friendly eminent domain content. We have never and will never represent a state, municipality, utility or any other taking authority. Our lawyers and law firm are built around serving you, the Illinois landowner.
Many Illinois landowners will never have to face the threat of eminent domain, but for those that do, it is imperative that they familiarize themselves with the basics of condemnation. Our job is to educate landowners on what to expect during this foreign and confusing procedure. Let’s answer some fundamental questions for Illinois condemnation:
QUESTION: When should I contact an Illinois eminent domain attorney?
ANSWER: As soon as you learn that your property will be acquired. When it comes to eminent domain, you can never enlist attorney assistance too early. In fact: the earlier, the better. The last thing you want as a landowner is to wait until the last minute and be ill-prepared for a condemnation lawsuit. This is where landowners often get burned.
QUESTION: Why should I hire an attorney when I can negotiate myself?
ANSWER: You should not negotiate yourself because you are not equipped to know what your land is worth or what you should be getting. Illinois eminent domain law is a tricky animal. It allows for several landowner-friendly arguments and crevices within the law that, if properly pursued, can result in much more compensation than what is offered. A landowner cannot possibly be expected to have the knowledge or expertise to explore these arguments. An experienced eminent domain attorney can deftly maneuver the eminent domain laws to an outcome much higher than expected for a landowner.
QUESTION: How can I afford an Illinois eminent domain attorney?
ANSWER: The attorneys at Sever Storey work on a contingency fee basis—meaning our attorneys only get paid if they secure more compensation than what is offered by the condemnor. Unlike other attorney-client relationships, the contingency fee agreement incentivizes our attorneys to seek as much money as possible.
If you are unsure if you have a case for more compensation, the Sever Storey attorneys will review your case FOR FREE. Just give Jordan Walker a call at 888-318-3761 or shoot him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, send him your appraisal, and we will review it FOR FREE. No strings, no invoices, no bills, just an honest assessment of your case for compensation.
Eminent domain procedure is governed by the Illinois Code. This means that when a condemnor is taking your property they must follow the rules set out in the statute/code. We have provided a link to the code for your review below. The eminent domain attorneys at Sever Storey are very familiar with this particular set of laws. if you have any questions about eminent domain procedure please feel free to call at 888-318-3761 or email me at email@example.com.
Illinois Eminent Domain Law: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2819&ChapterID=56)
The US 14 railroad underpass is a planned grade separation at U.S. Route 14 (Northwest Highway) and the CN/EJ&E Railway at-grade crossing in Barrington, IL.
The City of Springfield is undertaking the Springfield Rail Improvements Project to address issues of public safety, traffic congestion, community livability and commercial development. The Tenth Street corridor will be upgraded in segments as funding becomes available. The second segment will most likely be Usable Segment 2, including the Ash and Laurel Street underpass at Tenth Street.
The Grain Belt Express is a proposed 800-mile transmission line which would traverse Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. Formerly the Grain Belt Clean Line, this project has been bogged down in ownership changes and administrative roadblocks since its inception. Grain Belt, if constructed, would move electricity collected from west Kansas wind farms to the Indiana state line. The line would cross hundreds of rural properties and affect thousands of acres of prime farmland.
Due to legal and regulatory issues, the Grain Belt currently has the necessary authority to construct in Kansas, Missouri, and Indiana, but its approval in Illinois is still pending as of late 2020. While construction isn’t anticipated for several years, the attorneys at Sever Storey expect Grain Belt to attempt to acquire easements from landowners in Kansas and Missouri at any point.
Proposed widening of Randall Road in Kane County, IL, to six lanes.
This road project in Kendall County, IL plans to extend Eldamain Road from U.S. 34 to Walker Road.
The current project extends along Weber Road from 119th Street north of the interchange to 135th Street to the south and a half-mile east and west of Weber Road with Interstate 55 as the centerpoint.
The interchange project includes the conversion of the existing partial interchange at IL 59 and I-55 to a full access diverging diamond interchange also known as a DDI. A DDI is a double cross over diamond. The diamond shaped configuration allows for two directions of traffic on a bridge to cross to the opposite side of the bridge. The benefits of this type of interchange include improved safety and operations. This project provides connections for pedestrians and bicyclists over I-55 to IL 59 and new auxiliary lanes between IL 59 and US 52 to improve congestion and safety for vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.
Projects planned along I-80 are estimated to cost $1.2 billion and are included in the department’s fiscal year 2020-2025 program. IDOT is focusing on 16 miles of I-80 in Will County between Ridge Road in Minooka and U.S. Route 30 in New Lenox. Planned improvements include replacing the bridge at Rock Run Creek, widening the Houbolt Road bridge, reconstructing lanes and adding other roadway improvements between I-55 and Houbolt Road and replacing the bridge at Joliet Junction Trail.
The broader project’s proposed improvements involve the rehabilitation of the bridges along the Route 20 corridor. The estimated overall cost of the project is $80 million, and construction is not currently funded. The interchange improvements involve replacement of the Route 31 bridge over Route 20 to provide two lanes in each direction with left-turn lanes. The project also includes pedestrian and bicyclist improvements. The $10 million interchange project is currently funded
The proposed improvement will reconstruct the existing US 41 at IL 176 interchange and the intersection of IL 176 at IL 43 with additional through lanes, additional auxiliary lanes, improved geometrics, replacement of traffic signals, and improved drainage. Pump Station 37 for the US 41 underpass at IL 176 will be reconstructed and Pump Station 41 for the US 41 underpass at Canadian National Railroad will be improved.
The general scope of work in this area would consist of realigning Pleasant Valley Road to create a four-leg intersection at the existing three-leg intersection of IL 47 at IL 176 South Junction. After the improvement, the existing Pleasant Valley Road will no longer have access to IL 47 at the current location and will be closed off with a cul-de-sac. All parcels along the existing Pleasant Valley Road that are impacted by the realignment will have access to the new Pleasant Valley Road alignment.
The proposed scope of work for this project is to reconstruct the mainly two-lane roadway corridor to provide improved traffic mobility and capacity. IDOT proposes the following scope of work while improving safety and mobility for vehicles and pedestrians:
The project, which includes plans for more traffic lanes, five roundabout intersections, a bicycle lane and a hard median, currently is in its first phase. The second phase includes contract plan preparation and land acquisition. Construction crews begin working in the third phase. The project will stretch about five miles, from Charles Road to Highway 14. IDOT estimates the cost of construction at about $76 million.
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