Eminent Domain was meant for government to obtain land from private citizens for the public good. Until 2005, public good meant for schools, public buildings, & roads, but the Supreme Court decided eminent domain could be used against a private citizen for use by another private citizen. The Town of Normal is now famous for eminent domain abuse because of testimony given before a US House Subcommittee.
The entire report can be read at: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/Berliner04122011.pdf
From the testimony of Dana Berlinger, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice before the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution – April 12, 2011:
The report is easy reading – well worth the time. You need to know what to expect when the government wants your property next.
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Of course, those of us paying attention at the time knew exactly how liberally the Town was exercising its notion of eminent domain.
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