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Future Energy Jobs Bill (Effective 2017) Quotes from Environmentalists (See the Home Page for highlights of the Bill):
“The Future Energy Jobs bill will boost renewable energy and energy efficiency and invest in low income communities. It will lead to $12 to $15 billion in NEW private investment and create tens of thousands of new jobs right here in Illinois. Energy efficiency measures in the bill will not only create economic growth throughout Illinois, but will also save consumers money and keep rates low.” – IEC Executive Director Jen Walling in the Southern Illinoisan.
“Approximately 70% of the funds from the overall legislation will focus on kick starting clean energy, which dwarfs the dollars going to aid the two nuclear plants, and will help chart the path toward a clean, modern energy economy for decades to come—bringing tens of thousands of new jobs, billions in private investments, cleaner air and needed savings on monthly electricity bills, statewide.” – Nick Magrisso on NRDC’s blog.
STATE LEGISLATION PASSED - State Senator Heather Steans, 7th District and House Rep. Kelly Cassidy ably represent the Edgewater area:
From our partner: Illinois Environmental Council, a further run down & status of bills passed in their message dated March 10, 2017:
"While many of our 2017 priorities hinge on a budget passing, IEC has already won a few notable legislative successes:
Protecting monarchs – Rep. Anna Moeller passed HB685 out of the Illinois House! This bill is an initiative of the Monarch Team of the Illinois Sierra Club. It will prohibit municipalities from listing milkweed as a noxious weed. Such bans currently ban milkweed planting in over 20 communities in Illinois, despite it being a vital flower for monarch larva.
Recycling – Rep. Anthony DeLuca passed HB3014 out of Environment Committee! This bill will promote education about what not to put in your recycling bin. Household sharps, hazardous waste, yard waste, plastic bags, and Styrofoam do not belong in curbside recycling bins. These materials will contaminate your bin, making it harder and more expensive to recycle actual recyclables. This bill will make it a policy of the state to keep unlawful items out of curbside recycling bins.
Wrongful Tree Cutting – HB3286 passed out of committee! This effort, led by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, would fairly compensate owners of protected lands who have suffered damages from illegal logging."
Sponsored by Sen Steans (passed both branches & signed by Gov. Rauner)
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