Could anyone person in the state or even the country be able to stop a project from moving forward? That’s the concern if a pair of bills finds approval in the Illinois Legislature. The bills will grant anyone, anywhere the ability to sue a number of state agencies to stop an administrative decision. Those lawsuits could stand in the way of a highway being built, a campground constructed or a livestock facility being sited. Bill Bodine with the Illinois Farm Bureau says that it would add the potential for so many extra legal costs that it could kill a desire for agriculture expansion.
Bodine says in the case of a livestock facility there are already government regulations and processes put in place to find a proper site. Other opponents say this would harm business expansion in a state that is already lagging other Midwest ones in job creation.