It didn’t take much longer than a cup of coffee before the lawsuits began to fly after Illinois completed its new oil and gas rules last week, which would have opened the door to new energy development that some business leaders called a coming boom.

Landowners and an environmental activist organization are suing the governor of Illinois and the head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources in order to block implementation of new rules that would have allowed horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in Illinois’ oil and gas rich ar...


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