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Illinois House Bill 2580 Could Severely Limit the Powers of Highway Commissioners

On February 18, 2015, Representative Jerry Costello introduced House Bill 2580. While it is currently assigned for initial review in the Illinois House of Representatives' Rules Committee, this bill will be an important one to watch.

If enacted into law, the Bill prohibits a highway commissioner from closing, vacating, or reducing weight limits on any roads under his or her control without the prior, written approval of their county highway engineer and any elected board related to that road district.

This Bill (again, if made a law) would take a significant amount of power away from Highway Commissioners, and would not greatly increase the rights of the public against the above actions. For example, parties can appeal a Highway Commissioner's decision to vacate a road to the county engineer under existing law. Secondly, we already recommend highway commissioners work in close consultation with engineers regarding permanent weight restrictions before they are put in place.

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John Redlingshafer, Commercial Litigation Attorney, Heyl Royster Law Firm
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John practices in the firm's governmental law, tort litigation, and business and commercial litigation practice groups. He has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster, beginning in 2004 in the Peoria office. He concentrates on government law, representing numerous townships, villages, fire districts, road districts, and other governmental entities in a broad range of issues, including negotiations on intergovernmental agreements and compliance with statutory regulations. He also has worked with both governmental bodies and developers/corporations in various...

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