§ 25. Acquisition of property. The Authority shall have the power to acquire by gift, purchase, legacy, or by the
exercise of eminent domain the fee simple title to real property located within the
boundaries of the Authority, including temporary and permanent easements, as well
as reversionary interests in the streets, alleys and other public places and personal
property, required for its purposes, and title thereto shall be taken in the corporate
name of the Authority. Any such property which is already devoted to a public use may nevertheless be acquired,
provided that no property belonging to the United States of America or the State of
Illinois may be acquired without the consent of such governmental unit. No property devoted to a public use belonging to a corporation subject to the jurisdiction
of the Illinois Commerce Commission may be acquired without a prior finding by the
Illinois Commerce Commission that the taking would not result in the imposition of
an undue burden on intrastate commerce. Eminent domain proceedings shall be conducted in all respects in the manner provided
for the exercise of the right of the eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act.
1 The Authority shall have “quick take” powers for a period of 3 years from the effective
date of this Act and continuing for any actions commenced during the 3 years. No condemnation proceedings for the acquisition of new property shall be instituted
without the prior concurrence of the effected Railroads in the route, width and title
to be acquired thereby. All land and appurtenances thereto, acquired or owned by the Authority, are to be
deemed acquired or owned for a public use or public purpose.
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