New proceedings ordered in power-line land dispute

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that had stopped construction of a massive power line through eastern Illinois.

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 11:02 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that had stopped construction of a massive power line through eastern Illinois.

The court’s 7-0 ruling Thursday affects 35 Edgar County eminent domain actions by Ameren Transmission Co. to obtain land for the remaining section of a 375-mile cross-state power line.

Justice Bob Thomas’ opinion found that a circuit court did not have jurisdiction when it ruled that landowners were denied due process in the eminent domain procedure. The court ordered new proceedings.

The 30-mile segment of the 345,000-volt line from the town of Kansas to Indiana is the last of nine segments to be installed. The completion date is late 2019.

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The case is Ameren Transmission Co. v. Hutchings .

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