Illinois (ECWd) –
We covered the legislative bait and switch going on regarding wind and solar matters in this article just yesterday. Specifically, this new legislation, if approved by the house and signed by the Governor would strip local control from county governments when it comes to zoning matters on wind and solar energy.
The Governor was asked a very specific question in August of 2022 during an interview that was published on WRAM, at the 31:02 mark of the audio.
“As governor, would you support legislation to create statewide controls over the siting of wind or solar projects?”
Pritzker: No, in fact I’ve specifically avoided that. We’ve got to have a continuous conversation, the one that we’ve been having for years now between the state and local governments and local control so that we decide together about siting.”
With Pritzker on the record that he would not support legislation to create statewide controls over siting of wind or solar, it will be worth watching HB4412 which proposes doing exactly what Pritzker claimed he has specifically avoided. Will he be a man of his word or will he do as past Governors have done and do the opposite of what they have said they would do?
Anyone who reads the proposed legislation can clearly see there is nothing in that bill that implies the state and local governments are deciding together. Quite the contrary. It strips the counties’ powers and mandates they must comply with what the state designates for setbacks.
Robert MurphyPosted at 00:59h, 08 January
He probably never thought of it until they asked him about it and then he couldn’t get it out of his head.
They are all liars …
Jeff SavoiePosted at 04:38h, 08 January
How does it rea
If it creates a minimum setback that the counties can’t go under, I’m ok with it
Kirk Allen & John KraftPosted at 09:11h, 08 January
You should see what those set backs are. You could end up with a 600 foot tower 1260 feet from your property. That is NUTS
Charles EchoPosted at 10:20h, 08 January
The required setbacks, as designated by the state, are less than the suggested distances set by the manufacturers in emergency situations. “The People” are better represented by “local control”. One size does not fit all, no matter how you slice it.
John Kraft & Kirk AllenPosted at 11:07h, 08 January
Jeff, It creates a maximum setback that the counties can’t go over. They did the same with townships within the past couple of years…
janniePosted at 09:00h, 08 January
Hope Gov. P. honors his word. Also, hope that the leg. beats this down – we need local control!
Ashley SwitzerPosted at 15:38h, 08 January
How does one go about scheduling a workshop with you all?
Kirk Allen & John KraftPosted at 13:44h, 10 January
Feel free to email us to discuss the matter.
Peggy VoelkerPosted at 08:56h, 27 January
Sorry but the language was re -written to say “maximum set-backs” The wool was pulled over many eyes wit this tactic, including our IDNR folks.
Greg GPosted at 18:33h, 30 January
Governor Fat Ass caves to the Wind lobby! You who voted for him must be real proud of yourselves!