Articles filed under Impact on People from Illinois

Wind farms stir debate on their value

According to an ongoing survey conducted by 13 members of the Informed Farmers, 85 percent of landowners surveyed oppose the wind farm. So far they have spoken with 68 landowners possessing approximately 26,500 acres in the proposed wind farm area who oppose the project and only 10 landowners possessing approximately 2,200 acres who support the Green River Wind Farm and have signed on.
11 Jun 2010

Consequences of wind development aren't always in landowners' control

The loss of aerial application services isn’t the only negative consequence that wind turbines can have on farmers’ productivity. A deeper problem exists, literally. Steier has had conversations with friends and former customers who have lamented a major consideration they overlooked before signing their lease agreement: the impact of wind turbine construction and maintenance on their farm drainage systems.
1 May 2010

Just say no to gigantic turbines

There is growing opposition to the installation of utility wind turbines in the United States. Citizens have learned that living among these enormous structures has a negative impact upon their personal well-being and the social fabric of their communities. Public officials, quick to approve these structures, were blinded by potential revenues.
20 Apr 2010

Evanston wants developers' ideas on wind-turbine plan

If some Evanston officials have their way, dozens of giant wind-turbines one day could tower above the waves of Lake Michigan several miles off shore, generating enough electricity to power the city's 30,000 homes. Dipping a toe into these untested and potentially stormy waters, the City Council on Tuesday night voted 9-0 to ask developers to submit their ideas about building the massive turbines.
14 Apr 2010

While some tout benefits of wind to county, others point to problems

Some people see nothing but positives in the prospect of having a major wind farm come to Adams County. One of those is Pete Pohlman, an energy specialist with the Great River Economic Development Foundation. ...But not everyone is convinced. Jeff Rasche of rural Camp Point has been voicing concerns about the wind energy ordinance approved in January by the County Board. Rasche feels the ordinance does not offer enough protection to non-participants who don't want towering wind turbines within 1,000 feet of their home.
10 Apr 2010

Wind turbines stir up bad feelings, health concerns in DeKalb County

Months have passed since anyone has waved hello to one another in Waterman or Shabbona in rural DeKalb County. Some people claim they've even stopped going to church to avoid having to talk to former friends. "It's gone. The country way of living is gone," declares Susan Flex, who lives in Waterman with her husband and their nine children. The animosity stems from the greenest of energy sources: a wind farm.
13 Mar 2010

Lee County Informed hosts wind turbine forum

A group of more than 100 area residents gathered at the Mills and Petrie Building on Saturday afternoon to hear the negative impact of having wind turbines in the area. A group of representatives from the DeKalb area, as well as attorney Rich Porter spoke ...DeKalb residents who have been battling with wind turbine companies since 2003 said their presentation was to educate the citizens on the adverse effects they've personally experienced.
12 Mar 2010

Wind farm not appropriate for Winnebago County

Research indicates the best site for a wind turbine to be a windy spot in the middle of nowhere. Winnebago County is in no such location, nor is the name of my hometown Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois! If an ordinance is to be written, and I acknowledge that this is necessary, let that ordinance be an innovative and original document. As is now presented, this ordinance is a cookie-cutter document provided by Navitas for the specific purpose of advancing that company's goals.
7 Oct 2009

Village suspends new turbine use

The request by a group of residents upset over a wind turbine they say impacts the quality of their lives was granted at the Libertyville Village Board's last meeting when a moratorium relating to the construction, installation and operation of wind turbines was approved. The 180-day moratorium was approved in conjunction with a referral from the board to the Plan Commission to review possible amendments to the zoning code pertaining to wind turbines.
18 Aug 2009

Citizens voice wind turbine concerns

Citizens for the Protection of Libertyville addressed the Village Board at its last meeting over their concerns about a wind turbine operating near their residences. Dave Gates, a member of Citizens for the Protection of Libertyville, said the group is upset over a 120-foot wind turbine located at Aldridge Electric, 844 E. Rockland Road, within 250-feet of their homes.
6 Aug 2009

Wind power draws close look in Lake County

Clean power is regarded as an exciting possibility, but few towns have ordinances on the books to regulate potential impacts, such as noise or flickering shadows. To avoid pitfalls, several towns have imposed moratoriums and about a dozen have teamed with the county in a task force to study issues surrounding wind power.
29 Jul 2009

Libertyville wind turbine protest continues

Residents living near a recently installed wind turbine in Libertyville will continue to fight what they say is a harmful presence in their neighborhood. Members of Citizens for the Protection of Libertyville, a grass roots group centered east of where the turbine is located, are scheduled to address the village board today regarding the 120-foot structure at Aldridge Electric Inc., 844 Rockland Road. "Our goal is to get them to rescind those special ordinances designed for Aldridge and start over again," said Dave Gates.
28 Jul 2009

Benson residents want 1.5-mile wind farm setback

Residents of Benson say they are not opposed to having a wind farm in their community but would prefer them to be at least a mile and half outside the village limits. At a meeting of Woodford County's Conservation, Planning and Zoning Committee on Tuesday, a Village Board representative presented a letter asking the county to insert a 1.5-mile setback radius surrounding Benson to the wind farm permit.
15 Jul 2009

Judge silences wind turbine for second time

Citizens for Protection of Libertyville scored another victory in court this morning. Judge Mitchell Hoffman issued a 2nd temporary restraining order against Aldridge Electric and DPR Investments LLC that shut down the turbine until July 14, 2009. Citizens for Protection of Libertyville, a group of neighbors who live in the surrounding area, are suing the Village of Libertyville, Aldridge Electric Inc. and DPR Investments LLC to force the permanent shut-down of the 146' turbine that was erected within a few hundred feet of their backyards.
29 Jun 2009

Neighbors say Libertyville company's wind turbine is a nuisance

The huge fan blade of the 126-foot wind turbine behind a Libertyville electrical contractor stands still now, a temporary concession to neighbors who find it a nuisance despite being touted as green energy. ...Shortly after the turbine was installed -- about 275 feet from one resident's backyard -- neighbors began complaining about noise, light from the turbine's reflective surface and the "flicker effect" created by the rotating fan blade.
19 Jun 2009

Residents considering lawsuit

A group of about three dozen residents likely will file a lawsuit in appeal of the county board's decision to grant a permit to an energy company to build a wind farm in the county, an attorney representing the group said Thursday. "I view it as highly likely we will be appealing," Rick Porter, an attorney for the anti-wind farm group Citizens for Open Government, said early Thursday afternoon.
18 Jun 2009
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