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Full Text of HB0883  96th General Assembly



HB0883 Enrolled LRB096 07804 RLJ 17907 b

1     AN ACT concerning local government.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 5. The Counties Code is amended by changing Section
5 5-12020 as follows:
6     (55 ILCS 5/5-12020)
7     Sec. 5-12020. Wind farms. A county may establish standards
8 for wind farms and electric-generating wind devices. The
9 standards may include, without limitation, the height of the
10 devices and the number of devices that may be located within a
11 geographic area. A county may also regulate the siting of wind
12 farms and electric-generating wind devices in unincorporated
13 areas of the county outside of the zoning jurisdiction of a
14 municipality and the 1.5 mile radius surrounding the zoning
15 jurisdiction of a municipality. There shall be at least one
16 public hearing not more than 30 days prior to a siting decision
17 by the county board. Notice of the hearing shall be published
18 in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. Counties
19 may allow test wind towers to be sited without formal approval
20 by the county board. Test wind towers must be dismantled within
21 3 years of installation. For the purposes of this Section,
22 "test wind towers" are wind towers that are designed solely to
23 collect wind generation data. Any provision of a county zoning



HB0883 Enrolled - 2 - LRB096 07804 RLJ 17907 b

1 ordinance pertaining to wind farms that is in effect before the
2 effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General
3 Assembly may continue in effect notwithstanding any
4 requirements of this Section.
5 (Source: P.A. 95-203, eff. 8-16-07.)
6     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
7 becoming law.