Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company v. Chicago

PETITIONER: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
RESPONDENT: Chicago
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 129
DECIDED BY: Fuller Court (1896-1897)
LOWER COURT:

DECIDED: Mar 01, 1897

Facts of the case

The City of Chicago wanted to connect two disjoint sections of Rockwell Street between 18th and 19th Streets, over private property. This property was owned by various individuals but also included a right-of-way owned by the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Corporation. To accomplish this, the city petitioned in Cook County Circuit Court to have the necessary land condemned. The land was condemned. The individuals were awarded compensation, while the railroad was awarded just one dollar. The railroad appealed the judgment, alleging that the condemnation deprived it of its property in violation of the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed the judgment.

Question

Did Chicago's condemnation of and compensation for Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad's land violate the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?