News Release | Environment Illinois Research and Education Center

New report: Trouble in the Air: Chicago metro area experienced 84 days of polluted air in 2020

Chicago metro area, home to 9.4 million people people, suffered through 84 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from Environment Illinois Research & Education Center, Frontier Group and Illinois PIRG Education Fund. Metro East, the state’s second largest population area, experienced 75 days of elevated air pollution. Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer and other adverse health impacts.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. House of Representatives must pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote early next week on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a major bipartisan package for transportation, clean water, power infrastructure and broadband. 

News Release | Environment Illinois Research and Education Center

New report outlines key ways to reconnect nature through wildlife corridors

“For too long a labyrinth of roads, fences and sprawl has penned animals into smaller and smaller habitats,” said Wendy Wendlandt, president of Environment America Research & Policy Center.  “The key now is to connect these small habitat ‘islands’ through corridors. Doing so can give wildlife the space they need to hunt, mate and migrate.”

News Release | Environment Illinois

Statement: Senate Energy legislation presents windfall for ComEd, extends failed energy policies

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed omnibus energy legislation that could provide utility companies with windfall profits at customer expense. The legislation, Senate Bill 18, extends formula rate policies that guarantee utility profits, provides ComEd parent company Exelon Corporation with a $694 million nuclear bailout, and fails to adequately address pollution from the state’s dirtiest power plants. At the same time, the bill enacts important policies to advance Illinois’ clean energy future.