Monday, January 14, 2008

Noxious Weeds Of Illinois

Noxious Weeds

Certain weeds have been legally declared Noxious by the Illinois legislature. There control is required by law. The Illinois Noxious Weed states that "every person shall control the spread of" and "eradicate all noxious weeds on lands owned or controlled by him in the state of Illinois." "Whenever the owner or person in control of the land on which noxious weeds are present has neglected or failed to control them, the control authority having jurisdiction shall have proper control and eradication methods used on such land, and shall advise the owner,person in control, and record holder of any encumbrance of the cost incurred in connection with such operation. The cost of any such control or eradication shall be the expense of the owner. In addition the person shall be subject to a fine of not more than 100 dollars for the first offense and not more than 200 dollars for each subsequent offence. The weeds that are noxious in Illinois are noted in Table 4.1. The local county weed commissioner can also declare certain weeds as noxious in the county under his or her jurisdiction.

Table 4.1

Common ragweed (ambrosia artemisiifolia)*
Giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)*
Marijuana (Canbnabis sativa)

Musk Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense)
Perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Sorghum - Almum (Sorghum almum (Sorghum almum)

*Noxious only within the corporate limits of the cities, villages, and incorporate towns.

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