Updates

Rep. Tarver’s Office Talks Clean Energy Jobs Act at Community Meeting

January 21, 2020

By Alexis Florence | The Chicago Maroon State Representative Curtis Tarver’s office hosted a conversation with constituents and renewable energy proponents to discuss local impacts and issues of equity in what one presenter called “the most progressive climate justice legislation that any state has had,” for the Illinois Clean Energy Job Act (CEJA). CEJA, if…

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How can communities across Illinois benefit from clean energy?

January 13, 2020

For most of us, the closest we ever get to thinking about our energy system is when we pay our utility bill or fill our gas tank. But at a recent event in Springfield, over 70 attendees considered their relationship to energy more deeply, including how it’s made, who makes it, who it impacts, how…

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How to stop Trump from jacking up electric bills and hurting our environment

January 13, 2020

If lawmakers don’t act fast, Illinois ratepayers could be shelling out an extra hundreds of millions of dollars for electricity. By CST Editorial Board Last month, the Trump administration adopted a rule that will raise electricity bills for ratepayers across northern Illinois. The Legislature can put a stop to this, while also moving the state…

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Jobs act would show companies state is serious about clean energy

December 10, 2019

By Chris Gersh | Daily Herald Guest Columnist “Growing up as a blue-collar kid from Rolling Meadows I know how important jobs are for Illinois residents. I feel as though Illinois has an incredible opportunity to lead the nation in renewable energy job creation and infrastructure if it could only support the huge amount of…

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Students for Environmental Concerns plan second climate strike

December 6, 2019

BY CLARE BUDIN | The Daily Illini The University’s environmental activist group Students for Environmental Concerns is planning a climate strike on Friday to push for greater action by the University and the governor in addressing climate change. Students and local activists had previously organized a climate strike on Sept. 20 as part of the Global…

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Environment Activists Return To U Of I Campus For Climate Strike Two

December 6, 2019

By Jim Meadows | Illinois Public Media “A group gathered on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Friday to call for action to combat climate change. “Climate Strike Two” was a follow-up to the Climate Strike event held on the U of I campus September 20. That event was part of a student-led global protest…

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Climate change won’t wait, and Illinois can lead the way with the Clean Energy Jobs Act

December 5, 2019

By the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition | Medium The fall veto session of the Illinois General Assembly has come and gone, but the urgency of Illinois taking control of its energy future has never been greater. Climate change is real — just ask Illinois farmers who have dealt with one historic flood after another. Ask leaders of…

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“We’re going to get through this.” – Former Havana Power Plant employees fight on after closure

November 14, 2019

Communities across Illinois are picking up the pieces after the closure of a number of coal plants owned by Vistra Energy. These closures hitting small cities like Havana particularly hard with the plant being an important employer and source of tax support. It was closed by Vistra citing new Illinois pollution standards. Despite the hardships,…

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New state law could allow more aggressive climate action

November 14, 2019

Emma Edmund | The Daily Northwestern A new Illinois state law could allow more aggressive action to be taken by the state against climate change. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Aug. 15 signed a bill, which repeals the Kyoto Protocol Act of 1998. The Kyoto Protocol Act previously barred Illinois from reducing carbon and other greenhouse…

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Support for Clean Energy Jobs Act

November 12, 2019

OakPark.com | Letter to the Editor Farmers Market table partners raised 1,000 signed petitions in support of the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) in 2019. Last April through October, volunteers from Oak Park Area Climate Action and Illinois Sierra Club shared a table at Oak Park Farmers Market dedicated to soliciting  citizen signatures in support…

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The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is launching an open conversation to explore how communities across Illinois can benefit from the clean energy economy. Listen. Lead. Share. We need your voice!