Read that title and imagine a deep booming voice saying it. Kind of scary isn’t it?
In 2004, the commission promised Abele it would use its eminent domain powers to take Katalin and George Mach’s building, which for years was home to their beauty salon, if he could not buy them out.
Illinois legislators are considering a bill that would put stringent limits on when and how governments could take private land.
Property rights groups are ready to celebrate.
But opponents say the measure, which would apply to municipalities and government bodies such as the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority in Collinsville, could halt or slow projects ranging from brownfield renewal to retail expansions.
Passed 85-6 Wednesday by the House, the 450-page bill would require that any government wanting to take private property for private development – as opposed to public uses such as roads or schools – would have to meet a higher legal standard before it could begin seizure proceedings.
Under the bill, governments would have to show by clear and convincing evidence that they were taking property for the public good – a much tougher standard than now applies, lawyers say.
Supporters and opponents agree that the new standard would prolong eminent domain court cases; supporters say that will help protect property owners, but opponents say the new legal hurdle could slow or stop economic revitalization.
The bill now goes to the Senate, which has already passed a version of it. From there it would go to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is expected to sign it into law.
SCOTUS opened Pandora’s box in the Kelo decision and now legislatures have to close it.
Some of you may not know this but the term pursuit of happiness references owning land. Yup, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness(land). SCOTUS doesn’t seem to care about that unalienable right, now does it.
People, the right for each of us to own our own land is extremely important to our way of life, and it is a communist/socialist concept that the government owns all land. Oh, and the good of the many over the good of the few, when it comes to an individual’s rights, does not hold muster.
The Kelo decision is one of the worst decisions to ever come out of the Supreme Court, followed by the Medical Marijuana case in which they extended the Federal governments authority through Interstate commerce! You think Pot is dangerous? HA! Expanding Federal power, now that is dangerous!
Wake up people and get off your Big government jones. I do not need another Mother or Father, but it seems you do…