By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services
Wish you did?
State lawmakers are trying to make sure you have that opportunity — but only if you live in a single-family detached home — and one that isn’t located in a homeowner association.
Legislation awaiting a House vote would override most local ordinances that now keep poultry out of many residential areas. In its place would be a state law saying that residents can have chickens — up to nine — as long as they comply with certain conditions.
The measure is being pushed by Rep. Kevin Payne, R-Peoria, who apparently has become endeared to the fowl.
“Chickens are loving birds,” he told members of the House Committee on Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs earlier this week. Payne said it’s like having a pet.
“You can hold them,” he said. “They purr. They help soothe people.”
Payne also said they “love to have company,” which is why his HB 2483 seeks to allow more than just a lone chicken.
And then there’s the practical side.