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Clean Energy Lobby Day goes virtual

November 12, 2020

By Ted Cox | One Illinois CEJA backers claim record support as more than 1,000 lobby legislators online Not the COVID-19 pandemic nor the cancellation of the General Assembly’s fall veto session could keep environmentalists from claiming a record turnout in what they called “the largest Clean Energy Lobby Day to date” on Thursday. More…

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More than 1,000 Illinoisans advocate for Clean Energy Jobs Act in virtual lobby day

November 12, 2020

By Kelsey Misbrener | Solar Power World Today, over 1,000 environmental justice, environmental and renewable energy advocates, youth activists, faith leaders, business representatives and consumer groups from every part of Illinois met virtually with over 80 members of the Illinois General Assembly to urge lawmakers to prioritize the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act…

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Clean Energy Jobs Act will move state forward

November 8, 2020

Letter to the Editor | Daily Herald Thank you, Daily Herald, for keeping us informed about the continued barriers for municipal electric utility customers who try to replace their dirty, expensive coal-fired electricity (Oct. 22 Business Section: “Energy efficiency roadblock: Batavia factory wants to add solar power …”). Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, my own town…

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Shift from fossil fuels seen as job generator for minority communities

October 28, 2020

NBC 25 News | Week.com PEORIA (WEEK) – Saving consumers $1.7 billion on their utility bills is what the Clean Energy Jobs Act is trying to do. The legislation would transition the Illinois power sector away from fossil fuels, while significantly expanding clean energy initiatives, and even using this to provide jobs for Black, indigenous, and…

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In Illinois energy bill negotiations, equity is taking center stage

October 27, 2020

Kari Lydersen | Energy News Network All three major coalitions pushing for new clean energy legislation are touting social justice as a priority but vary on their approaches and accountability. As the country continues to grapple with its historic and ongoing racial injustices, equity is seen as a driving factor in Illinois energy legislation being…

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Lawmakers hope to address environmental justice in clean energy proposals

October 23, 2020

Mike Miletich | WSILTV SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus wants environmental justice for minority communities included in any new clean energy proposals. State lawmakers say many things play into social equity, but the environment and energy people live with can make a big difference for health and finances. Many feel the Future…

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Poll backs strengthening of CEJA

October 15, 2020

Updated bill bolsters provisions for social equity, job creation, utility accountability By Ted Cox | OneIllinois A new poll of key areas on Chicago’s borders and in suburbs near and far finds overwhelming support for the Clean Energy Jobs Act, especially as the latest version of the bill strengthens provisions for social equity, job creation,…

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CEJA brings hope for clean energy future

October 13, 2020

Daily Herald | Letter to the Editor Epic wildfires rage across the West, spurred by drought and record high temperatures. Massive hurricanes hurl toward the Gulf Coast in record numbers as the oceans warm. Climate change is affecting lives now. Since the 1980s scientists like James Hanson have warned us that we must decrease our…

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CEJA: Stronger than dirty energy

August 5, 2020

By Ted Cox | One Illinois And stronger than ever as sponsors, activists cheer key changes, push for passage this fall Proponents of the Clean Energy Jobs Act are pushing a series of changes to the bill as key to its possible passage this fall. On a media teleconference Wednesday, Jack Darin, director of the…

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Clean Energy Advocates Hope to Capitalize on ComEd Backlash

August 5, 2020

Amanda Vinicky | WTTW Efforts for a major energy overhaul that stalled with the coronavirus were further waylaid when in mid-July, prosecutors charged Commonwealth Edison with bribery. A coalition of advocates says rather than be timid, legislators need to approve a clean energy plan now more than ever. They’re seizing the opportunity of the Springfield…

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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!