Date: October 20, 2021

By: Prime Law Group

What is Eminent Domain?

Below are snippets from the recoded webinar with Attorney Bryan Lynch. Click here to watch the webinar.

In short, eminent domain can be defined as the right of the government to take private land for public use. To clarify, if the government needs to take your property you will be compensated. Furthermore, it is stated in the 5th amendment that the government must pay compensation if they take your property. 


Condemnation Process

Next there is what is know as the condemnation process. The condemnation process is where the government orders a property to be made and kept vacant. In addition, the condemnation process can be either temporary or permanent. This process can occur for many reasons though it usually occurs due to 2 main reasons. Firstly, if the property is considered dangerous or unsafe and secondly, if the government needs to take it for an eminent domain project. 

IDOT(Illinois Department of Transportation)

IDOT has been works with the government on projects for years before an appraiser comes out to make an offer. Appraisers will be coming out and keep in mind that they work for and are paid by IDOT. At the end of the day their offer is their opinion, and you do not have to agree. We believe that their opinions have a strong bias and you most likely will want to go through the legal process for your compensation.

Eminent Domain Law

To learn more click this link to watch our 45 minute webinar on the IDOT expansion of Route 47. Watch attorney Bryan Lynch go over eminent domain law, the condemnation process, what to do with appraisers, and more!