We adamantly oppose Rock Island Clean Line placing power transmission lines through our state of Illinois. The cost in our natural resources, health quality and finances would be negatively impacted in an insurmountable way.
RICL’s proposal is to supposedly deliver wind energy from Western Iowa (actually a maximum of about 30 percent wind with the rest being from coal, gas, etc.) to the East Coast of the United States. This proposed transmission line that is to go through LaSalle County and cannot be utilized here or in most of in Illinois.
All local property owners will eventually need to pay increased real estate taxes if this project becomes a reality. These transmission lines will devalue property values adjacent to the lines and have a ripple effect through the county. Mr. Detweiler has failed to mention these transmission towers will not pay any real estate taxes once public utility is secured. RICL has “offered” to pay $7,000 per mile for a short 20-year term in return for the county’s cooperation. We believe this is being offered as a cheap incentive for LaSalle County to pave the way for RICL. We do not believe this will begin to cover the loss of revenue now, or 20 years from now when we get nothing from RICL.
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