(605 ILCS 5/9-116)
(from Ch. 121, par. 9-116)
The owner of any hedge fence growing along the right-of-way
line of any public highway shall during the year next after such hedge has
obtained the age of 7 years and during each year thereafter, trim such
hedge fence to a height not exceeding 5 feet, except for Osage hedge which
shall be trimmed annually after the second year from the first trimming to
a height not exceeding 4 feet, and the owner shall trim all such hedges on
the road side so that foliage will not extend over the right-of-way line
for a distance in excess of 4 feet. All such trimming so required shall be
done prior to October first.
The highway authority having jurisdiction over the highway, upon
application of the owner of a farm, may permit such owner to grow a hedge
fence to any desired height for a distance not to exceed one-fourth the
total length of the hedge fence along the highway to serve as a windbreak
for livestock. Such permit is revocable at any time.
The provisions of this Section do not apply to any hedge protecting
either an orchard or a building.
Any failure or refusal to comply with the provisions of this Section is
a petty offense and is punishable by a fine of not less than $10 nor more
than $50 for each year of such failure or refusal.
(Source: P.A. 77-2238.)