For Immediate Release
July 23, 2019
Contact: Eileen Boyce
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CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACT GAINS MAJORITY COSPONSORS IN ILLINOIS SENATE
30 Cosponsors Support Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act to Use Cleaner,
Less Expensive Energy & Bring Jobs to Neighborhoods and Communities Across the State
CHICAGO – The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition today announced the Clean Energy Jobs Act gained 30 cosponsors in the Illinois Senate, showing that a majority of senators agree the state should take significant steps toward renewable energy while supporting local communities throughout Illinois.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) sets a roadmap for Illinois to be 100 percent powered by renewable energy, using less expensive solar and wind energy that protects our health and our planet for future generations. Importantly, CEJA brings benefits and services to communities that are usually left behind. CEJA would also require significant investment in communities that have been hardest hit by the closure of coal plants as the country moves toward cleaner technology by targeting job incentives to restart local economies.
Both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times have called on state leaders to do more to seize the initiative on clean energy, especially given the failure of Washington to lead.
“Clean energy is good for our environment, our economy and local communities across our state, and I am proud that a majority of Senators agree with me,” said state Sen. Cristina Castro, CEJA Senate sponsor. “Together, we will work to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act and create a better future for everyone in Illinois.”
“Legislative support for the Clean Energy Jobs Act continues to outpace all other energy proposals introduced this year, and hitting this 30 cosponsor marker in the Senate shows that we are poised to pass this bill during the upcoming veto session,” said Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council.