In a letter to the EPA, fifty-three members of the Illinois General Assembly joined together to signal their support for the Clean Power Plan, the historic effort to attack climate change by cutting carbon pollution. As the legislators make clear...continued→
Nick Magrisso, Policy Advocate, Midwest Program, Chicago
Humanity seems to be running full steam ahead off the end of a steep cliff — and that cliff is our unsustainable energy practices that serve narrow special interests and threaten the health of our planet. I find it appalling — and I want to be a part of the solution. We need a shift in our energy paradigm to focus on clean, efficient energy.
I lived and studied in Iceland during the summer of 2009 and witnessed firsthand how forward-thinking energy policies increase security and keep an economy competitive, even after their epic collapse, or kreppu, as it is called in Icelandic. Believe me — I understand Iceland is a unique place and may be a difficult example for other countries to emulate, but it serves as a fantastic microcosm for clean energy solutions that benefit the entire economy while maintaining a high standard of living.
Outside of my time in Iceland, I never left Chicago. I love the windy city where I grew up and feel fortunate to live and work here — where my goal is to transform the energy economy to a cleaner one.
The following is a guest blog by NRDC wildlife attorney, Rebecca Riley: Mountain lions, gray wolves, and black bears are now safe to roam in Illinois, thanks to the leadership of Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois legislature. This last...continued→
Today, the Illinois House unanimously passed a bill to add mountain lions, gray wolves, and black bears to the Illinois Wildlife Code. This tremendous victory reflects broad bi-partisan support for wildlife and wild places in Illinois and an ongoing...continued→
The following is a guest blog by NRDC wildlife attorney, Rebecca Riley: Great news for wildlife out of Springfield today. Senate Bill 3049, which protects black bears, wolves, and mountain lions in Illinois, passed in the Senate unanimously. This...continued→
Illinois Lawmakers Prepare for Black Bears, Wolves, and Mountain Lions to Make Their Return to the Prairie State
The following is a guest blog by NRDC wildlife attorney, Rebecca Riley: Illinois is seeing an amazing wildlife resurgence, with wolves, black bears, and mountains lions returning to our state after a decades-long absence. The trouble is, because these...continued→
Illinois has a great story to tell when it comes to creating clean energy jobs that provide Illinois families and businesses with clean, affordable choices of energy, that help us meet our 21st Century resource demands. Clean Jobs Illinois, a...continued→
This was a glorious weekend in Chicago. Beautiful weather, tons of summer events and music that makes this such an easy town to enjoy. I was buoyed by an active weekend of fun that I decided to cap off by...continued→
Chicago is a world class city. Our skyline and beaches, architecture and landscapes; our people and neighborhoods, are among the many reasons we don’t simply strive to be a great city, we are one. In an act of laudable leadership...continued→
That is the question policymakers should be asking when it comes to dealing with the disposal of toxic oil and gas wastes. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking for natural gas and oil has, in large part, both complicated and expanded the...continued→
Earlier this fall, a horizontal drilling permit was issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to SM Energy, a company engaged in oil and natural gas development in North America. While SM Energy has stated that it does not...continued→
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act (SB 3442); a controversial state senate bill that passed the legislature in May, and was the source of much contention as it limited local home rule authority to implement...continued→
I've been blogging about the effort to get an Illinois shark fin ban bill ever since NRDC started working on the issue here; from the introduction of HB 4119 – a ban on the sale, trade, distribution, or possession...continued→
You wouldn’t know it from some of the coverage evaluating the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s session last week, but along with the disappointments there were some very significant environmental victories. The failure to address some epic challenges lends...continued→
Springfield, Illinois – thousands of miles away from any ocean coast, and void of any charismatic ocean predators, like sharks, Illinois is moving swiftly to pass legislation that would help save our oceans by protecting declining shark populations around the...continued→
It is not often that the State and people of Illinois have the opportunity to take action to help protect the world’s oceans so acutely. Today, as I write from the Illinois State Capitol, I am excited to share...continued→
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