New proceedings ordered in power-line land dispute

Ameren Energy power lines in Illinois. (WTHI Photo, Mike Latta)

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

Posted: Oct 20, 2018 10:53 AM
Updated: Oct 22, 2018 11:07 AM

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.

Kansas is 192 miles (309 kilometers) south of Chicago.

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The case is Ameren Transmission Co. v. Hutchings .

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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