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Letter to the Editor on Wind Turbines in Central Illinois


Posted April 9, 2018


Dear Editor:


Growing up I was told that by working hard you could achieve the goals you set in life. Our goal was obtaining the American dream.
Having a great wife to support me and kids to bring happiness to our life and eventually grandkids Life has been fairly good for us but we have worked hard to get where we are.living the American Dream.
Well my wife and I did this starting our American dream in 1973 by building our first home in Clinton.
Then we decided to dream a little bigger and built a couple others upgrading each time to what we thought was perfect for us. Then in the late 90’s decided our dream should move to rural Dewitt county so we purchased property in the country and built the home of our dreams again!
A place where we could spend time outside if we wished her in her flower garden and me not doing much of anything(except mowing) and enjoying the out doors.

Forward ahead to present days I’am in my late 60’s thinking of retiring sometime and enjoying life with my wife in our country setting.
Now in late 2017 after what they say has been going on for several years Tradewinds is wanting to invade our country setting with an industrial wind farm. Taking away the the fantastic sunsets that Mother Nature gives us and instead replacing it with hundreds of blinking lights,and possible health hazards.
This of course is denied by Tradewinds who will be giving the farm to an Italian company. They care nothing about our county or the people living in rural Illinois. Once they are finished ruining the county for the next 20-30 years they will pack up and leave and the rural home owners will be stuck with their mess for generations to come.
To make a long story short if you live in the rural part of Dewitt county and want to live the American dream you had better do it quick because it will soon disappear,along with your property value. Some say decline as much as 20-40 %. Tradewinds developer says it will come back in a few years after the towers are up.I personally find this statement very hard to believe.

It is happening all around us right now and they are using our tax dollars to do it.Country living will never be safe as long as this practice exists.
Dozens and dozens of Dewitt county residents are fighting right now to protect their American dream. Many have already talked before the county board and the zoning board to get the word out to protect their dream of life in the country.
Some counties are closer to winning the battle than Dewitt county,but what I have read it is an ongoing fight.
Dewitt county has several good people fighting hard to protect the rural population from the wind farms. Do what you can to support them before the American Dream is lost forever in this county.


Mike Tilley
Clinton Il

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