Winds of change

Read the full story in the Jacksonville (IL) Journal-Courier.

Tall, straight and moving with the prairie breeze, Illinois’ latest cash crop dominates the landscape in several parts of the state. Pike County will soon find out if this latest use for agricultural land blows in a lot of extra revenue for residents or if the hype is all hot air.

Illinois Winds LLC plans to soon begin construction on the 25-turbine, $50 million Panther Creek Wind Farm just west of Pittsfield, within sight of Pike County’s sole existing wind turbine on the city’s edge. The company hopes to have the wind farm operational by 2020.

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