Murphy advances measure clarifying local government authority to determine boundaries
To clarify and streamline the annexation process for Elk Grove Village and other local governments across Illinois, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) sponsored legislation to protect and strengthen municipalities' rights to annex surrounding properties.
"Current laws and recent rulings surrounding annexation have complicated the process and opened local governments up to lawsuits," Murphy said. "This legislation more clearly outlines the requirements municipalities must follow to annex property legally."
In 2018, an appellate court in Will County rendered an annexation invalid, even though the annexation appeared to meet all statutory requirements. The ambiguity of this decision has caused problems for municipalities in other areas of the state, including Elk Grove Village in the district Murphy represents, where some property owners have attempted to legally challenge previous annexations meeting all statutory requirements in order to block future annexations.
To resolve this confusion and more clearly define the factors that determine an annexation's validity, Murphy's legislation would create clear statutory requirements for municipalities seeking annexation.
"The statutory requirements in place are meant to ensure an annexation decision is in the best interests of the community," Murphy said. "It's important that they are clear and concrete, so municipalities can follow them as intended."
Senate Bill 658 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and now heads to the full Senate.