Another win for libertarians as Illinois passed legislation to take effect January 1st which will effectively kill “bogus blight” and will make it more difficult for cities and other local governments to seize private property for private development. From My Web Times:
State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said he believed Illinois law was already stringent concerning eminent domain.
But he said the new law strengthens the balance between private property owners and the public good.
And State Sen. Gary Dahl, R-Peru, also praised the law.
“Before, municipalities could use eminent domain as a hammer against private property owners in negotiations,” said Dahl. “But now that hammer is a lot smaller.”
Steven Anderson, an attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based libertarian public interest law firm, the Institute for Justice, described the Illinois law as “a good start.”
He praised the law for prohibiting the seizure of farm land for economic development and for requiring cities to prove blight.
No doubt the land grabbers will still try and use other under-handed tactics to steal land out from their rightful owners, but at least we’re making headway in tying the hands of local government a little.