Illinois

After Decades of Mistreatment, EJ Groups Seek to Turn Page in Chicago

Chicago often touts itself as quintessentially American, a reference to its reputation as a hardworking Midwestern city that is also a melting pot for multiculturalism. However, Chicago also displays ongoing discrimination, segregation, environmental injustice, and an oppressive history of redlining....

Illinois Envisions a Just Transition for Displaced Fossil Fuel Workers

In states like Illinois, America’s transition towards a clean energy economy is underway. The number of renewable energy projects has increased dramatically since the state’s 2017 implementation of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). This has helped the state grow...

Illinois Poised to Provide a Climate Action Model for Other States

Amidst record-setting daily totals in COVID-19 cases and its largest spike in deaths since May, the state of Illinois opted to forgo its end of year legislative session. Citing health and safety concerns of state legislators and staff, Illinois House...

Illinois Workers Center Union Jobs in New Clean Energy Coalition

A brand new labor-focused climate coalition just launched in the state of Illinois. The Climate Jobs Illinois coalition is composed heavily of labor union representatives and members from across the state’s energy industry, with a mission to “advocate for a...

Update: Next CEJA Version to Prioritize Holding Utilities Accountable

The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition recently announced that a new version of its bill, the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), will soon be released. CEJA is a bill that invests in clean energy and jobs training to rapidly decarbonize Illinois...

Illinois Considers Ambitious Energy Reforms

Momentum is building in Illinois for the passage of a piece of legislation that would rapidly decarbonize the state’s economy while creating thousands of jobs in the clean energy sector.  The bill, called the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), would build...