Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that transfers regulatory control over wind farms to the state. The law, which went into effect immediately, moves the regulatory control away from counties, which will lead to more a more streamlined system, according to Illinois Farm Bureau officials.
The Associated Press reports that counties can still have their own stringent rules. But prior to working with officials at the local level, an agriculture impact mitigation agreement is required between the state and all parties involved with the wind farm.
The new law will also apply to projects that are already in the works.