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Tazewell Co chicken owners seek to change laws to benefit rural families

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TAZEWELL COUNTY, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Two Tazewell County women are trying to change chicken laws to better help rural owners.

They're asking the Tazewell County Board to allow more chickens in unincorporated, residential areas.

The current proposal says chickens only at single-family homes, hens only, and no roosters; the women are suggesting six chickens per quarter-acre, down from the current county requirement of one acre per chicken. 

"We just want to allow families to live a more sustainable life, be able to raise their own chickens, to have their own eggs, to have their own fertilizer, and even just as pets," explained Jennifer Jolliff. "They're great pets. They're entertaining. They're fun and they're great for the kids to take care of."

Jolliff will take the proposal to the Tazewell County Land-Use Committee on Tuesday.

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