Legislation that would allow communities without a zoning ordinance to restrict wind development within a mile-and-a-half of their borders has cleared the Illinois Senate.
In a 46-4 vote Friday, the Senate approved Senate Bill 167 proposed by Sen. John Sullivan, D-Sullivan.
No House member has signed on to sponsor the bill yet, but most likely will get one when General Assembly returns to Springfield on Monday.
Update: State Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Mount Sterling, has signed on to sponsor the bill in the House.
Current law approved in 2007 allows communities to ban development in its “zoning jurisdiction,” though there are conflicting opinions on what constitutes a zoning jurisdiction.
Golden village trustees approved a 1.5-mile wind buffer in December even though it did not have a zoning ordinance.