Outside the Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, members of a grassroots protest group gathered to tell landowners of their opposition to the project. Inside the hall, company officials told of its benefits.
Apparently there was lots of "misinformation" afoot, but only one group whined about "misinformation." Guess which one? It might be the one laboring under the misapprehension of the information deficit model.
The accompanying picture is a classic: crowds of disenchanted landowners, some with arms folded, staring down the "clean" employee performing a song and dance in front of a company poster at an "information station."
The divide and conquer routine isn't working, Clean Line. These folks got the jump on you.
Silly Clean Line routed their project through land owned by a local attorney.
"They are filing for expedited review with the (Illinois Commerce Commission) which provides for limited time for landowners to object and even shorter filing periods, which constrains ability to have fair and full hearings insuring that due process rights of each landowner are protected," Probst said.
"Our firm is looking into calling a meeting of landowners and invite other interested parties to discuss what options are available to the landowners of Shelby County," the lawyer added.
Bravo to the citizens of Illinois who have worked so hard to prepare for Clean Line, as well as to all the experienced Clean Line opponents who traveled to the meeting to help out. What an auspicious beginning!