Naperville-area farmer Llyod Hamman has agreed to accept $1.8 million to settle an eminent domain lawsuit, Sunday's Sun reports. DuPage County and the city of Naperville want his 5 acres off Plank Road to continue the $13 million Steeple Run Watershed project, which aims to control serious flooding like the 1996 flood that affected 30 homes on Huffman Street.
But Hamman isn't done in court. On Friday, he filed a civil rights lawsuit against the DuPage County sheriff and 12 other officers, saying his rights were violated two years ago when authorities seized goats and chickens from his property, claiming neglect. He was arrested, but the charges were later dropped, and a judge said the warrantless search of his property was illegal.
Your thoughts on either of these two cases? Let's see, $1.8million for 5 acres works out to $360,000 an acre. Boy, land is expensive these days. What about the civil rights lawsuit? Are you surprised to learn--as court records show--that the county executed an illegal search? This guy's been waiting two years for his goats and chickens. If indeed they were taken from him illegally, what sort of compensation should he receive? What do you think the federal lawsuit will end up costing the county and its taxpayers?
And can anyone know for sure--what is the connection between Lloyd Hamman (guy who lost goats) and the Wheatland Township farm of Don Hamman (brother?), where 12 decomposing goat carcasses were discovered in late April?