Rep. Chesney Pushes Bill to Protect Species and Landowners

State Representative Andrew Chesney worked closely with the Illinois Farm Bureau to sponsor legislation that would help protect species so they don’t become endangered by eliminating unnecessary permit requirements for landowners. 

HB 2425 would have allowed Illinois landowners to avoid an unnecessary permit requirement if they have an agreement with the federal government to provide habitat and protect species that may become endangered in the future. 

Rep. Chesney was able to secure enough votes to pass the bill out of the House, but an indefinite hold was placed on the bill. 

“We will continue to work through the process. We had a majority vote on the bill,” said Chesney. “I believe the bill is a win for farmers and a win for providing habitat for potentially endangered species.  This is a priority for the Illinois Farm Bureau and I am honored to keep fighting to get this done.”

“Illinois Farm Bureau appreciates Rep. Chesney’s hard work on this bill,” said Bill Bodine, IFB associate director of state legislation. “By holding up the bill, the opponents are signaling to landowners that they don’t want proactive programs to protect species.”