[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Governor rewrites wind farm legislation 

Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday rewrote portions of a proposed law that deals mainly with Cook County property assessments but also would set up a statewide method of assessing wind farms for property tax purposes.

Even though the governor did not alter the provisions concerning wind farms, the fate of those provisions is entwined with the rest of the overall bill.

Lawmakers will have to decide next month whether to accept Blagojevich’s revisions to House Bill 664, which would require a majority vote in the House and the Senate. If they opt instead to override the governor’s veto, that would require a three-fifths vote in each chamber.

If neither of those scenarios plays out, then the legislation would die and nothing would happen.

Rep. Frank Mautino, a Spring Valley Democrat who has led the charge on the wind farm issue, said he thinks lawmakers will either accept the amendatory veto or override it.

If the legislation simply dies, lawmakers would face the unpleasant prospect of having their Cook County constituents receive higher property tax bills with a first payment due around Christmas, Mautino said.

The wind farm provisions in HB664 are meant to solve an existing problem: the inconsistency among Illinois counties about how to assess them. Different methodologies complicate property assessments for wind farms that cross county lines.

Under the legislation, a wind farm installed in 2007 would pay a tax of $9,000 per megawatt. That figure would drop slightly each year because of physical depreciation of the wind devices.

If enacted into law, the measure would expire – or “sunset” – after the 2011 tax year. The sunset date is meant to let lawmakers review how well the law is working.

By Adriana Colindres


21 September 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky