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Planning for clean energy environment, jobs in Illinois

March 9, 2020

Mike Miletich | WGEM Springfield, IL – Illinois lawmakers are working on two major proposals this session to invest more in renewable energy and reduce the state’s current carbon footprint. The Clean Energy Jobs Act and Path to 100 bills were introduced last year. With Gov. JB Pritzker calling clean energy a top priority, legislators have a renewed push…

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Backers of Clean Energy Bill Tout Jobs Investment

March 9, 2020

By ERIC STOCK & CHARLIE SCHLENKER | WGLT/NPR from ISU Green energy advocates are pushing Illinois lawmakers to back a plan to wean the state off fossil fuels by 2050. Dawn Dannenbring is the environmental justice organizer with Illinois People’s Action, a group that supports the proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act. “Climate change is here,…

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Environmental Groups, Power Companies, Talk “Clean Energy” Before State Senate Panel

March 6, 2020

By SAM DUNKLAU | NPR Illinois Electricity and environmental advocates offered their pitches to Illinois state senators this week on how to reduce a portion of the state’s carbon emissions. But each group has different ideas about how to do it. Illinois’ electricity industry is one of the worst in the nation when it comes…

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Letters: Illinois should be ambitious in tackling the climate crisis

March 3, 2020

Letter to the Editor | Chicago Tribune A growing number of states have adopted sweeping new climate legislation that will result in eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by or before 2050, but so far Illinois lags behind. At present only 8% of our energy comes from renewable sources with a goal of reaching 25% by 2025.…

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Commentary: Illinois clean energy bill would prevent unprecedented rate hikes

February 27, 2020

David Kolata | Energy News Network Illinois must have been doing something right on clean energy for President Trump’s appointees to step in and try to stop it. That’s exactly what they did late last year when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a ruling that would slam northern Illinois with up to $864…

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Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition advocates for Clean Energy Jobs Act

February 26, 2020

Molly Lubbers | The Daily Northwestern Last month, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition delivered petitions of 23,000 Illinois residents in support of the Clean Energy Jobs Act to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Now, about four weeks into the spring Illinois General Assembly legislative session, advocates of CEJA continue to push for the bill’s passage this…

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Letter: Responding to Jason Bono

February 13, 2020

I’m writing to comment on “Climate change turning into climate collapse” by Jason Bono. We at the Climate Reality Project: Northern Illinois Chapter share his well-defined concern for our climate. Our “destructive influence on the natural world” is the correct diagnosis of the problem we have created by releasing 10 billion metric tons of carbon…

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Could Springfield Pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act This Session?

February 4, 2020

By Quinn Myers | WTTW “Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois lawmakers are signaling they could be ready to pass legislation that eventually moves the state to 100% renewable energy. ‘Our spring agenda must also address the pressing issue of adopting new clean energy legislation,’ Pritzker said in his State of the State address last week.…

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Illinoisans call upon Clean Energy Jobs Act

February 3, 2020

By Gabriella Remillard | Chicago Morning Star More than 23,000 Illinoisans have called for passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act as Grassroots groups joined to present a petition to Gov. Pritzker on Monday. State Rep. Joyce Mason of Gurnee, a House sponsor of the legislation, said, “The Clean Energy Jobs Act takes immediate and…

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Illinois Governor Wants Clean Energy Legislation, Could Push State Out of PJM Power Grid

January 31, 2020

By Reuters | The New York Times “(Reuters) – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker called on the state legislature to pass clean energy legislation in his State of the State address, providing a boost to advocates of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which could push the state out of the PJM power grid. PJM Interconnection operates…

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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!