Clean Line Illinois Route

October  10, 2012

   After more than two years of study, Rock Island Clean LIne has announced its proposed route across northern Illinois. The company wants to build an electrical transmission line from wind farms in northwestern Iowa, and carry the power to northeastern Illinois.
    Project Manager, Cary Kotler, says today the company filed its Illinois route with the state commerce commission. The line would would cross the Mississippi River between Cordova and Port Byron, then head east across six counties to Channahon, near Joliet.
    "We try to minimize the impact to environmentally sensitive areas, and try to minimize disruptions to agricultural lands. We try to stay as far away as possible from homes and other structures."
    Kotler says the Illinois Commerce Commission will begin studying the proposal, then hold some public hearings. And a final route should be agreed to, within two years.
    Meanwhile, Clean Line will continue talking to local residents.
   "We want to make sure everyone understands the project, and we want feedback. So we are meeting with county board members and landowners in the counties the line goes through."
    He expects to file for a route across Iowa sometime next year.
    (Kotler says, after brief sections in Rock Island and Whiteside counties, the new transmission line would travel across the northern edge of Henry and Bureau counties, then into LaSalle and Grundy Counties to the city of Channahon.)