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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

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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News Release | Environment Illinois

President Recommits to Tackling Global Warming in Inaugural Address

"I am pleased that President Obama committed to do more to tackle global warming in his second term, building on the strong foundation his administration laid over the last four years."

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Carbondale Votes Unanimously to Support Statewide Fracking Moratorium

Carbondale, IL—In a unanimous decision, the Carbondale City Council passed a resolution calling on the Illinois General Assembly to “enact a moratorium on high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing until such time as the health and environmental concerns of the people of Illinois are addressed”. In this decision, Carbondale joins the Illinois towns of Carlyle, Anna and Alto Pass and Union and Jackson Counties in taking action supporting a moratorium, becoming the largest city yet to do so.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

New Report Identifies Seven Illinois Congressman as ‘Dirty Air Villains’ Who Consistently Voted Against Clean Air Protections

Seven Illinois congressmen--(Roskam, Walsh, Kinzinger, Hultgren, Manzullo, Schilling, and Shimkus) are among a total of 193 House members and 39 Senators rated as "Dirty Air Villains" in a new analysis by the NRDC Action Fund, which was published today on the website www.WhoVotesDirty.org and released with Environment Illinois.

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