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Winning victories for clean energy.

This fall, the Illinois General Assembly passed "smart grid" legislation that includes major provisions for renewable energy and energy efficiency that Environment Illinois fought to have included in the bill. These key provisions will boost green jobs in the clean energy and energy efficiency industries, cut health-harming pollution from energy production, and save consumers money. Environment Illinois' Bruce Ratain and Max Muller lobbied on the successful team that brought the bill across the finish line.

News Release | Environment Illinois

The Costs of Fracking: Environment Illinois documents dollars drained by dirty drilling

Firing a new salvo in the ongoing debate over fracking, Environment Illinois released a report today documenting a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by dirty drilling — from health costs to local services to ruined roads to contaminated property.  The Costs of Fracking report comes as Environment Illinois and its allies urge Springfield to stop fracking before it can take root in the state.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Illinois Groups Praise Speaker Madigan For Supporting Fracking Moratorium

One day after nearly a hundred concerned citizens converged on Springfield to call for a moratorium on fracking, House Speaker Mike Madigan today announced his support for legislation to stop the dirty drilling technique in Illinois.

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Union: Obama Vows Climate Change Action 'Before It's Too Late

WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2013 (ENS) – In a State of the Union Address focused on rebuilding the U.S. economy, President Barack Obama tonight pledged to fight climate change “while driving strong economic growth.

...The environmental community is pleased with the President’s position on climate change and clean energy.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

President Obama Outlines Plan to Tackle Global Warming

Tonight, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. Bruce Ratain, State Policy Associate for Environment Illinois, responded with the following statement.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Illinois Legislators Call on President Obama to Act on Global Warming

Today, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) delivered to President Obama a letter signed by 302 state legislators from 40 states, including 11 from Illinois, urging him to prioritize tackling global warming in his second term. Environment Illinois and environmental advocates across the country applauded the move.

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