Illinois

Illinois is making progress on climate action, especially with the historic Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) becoming law in 2021, putting the state on the pathway to 100% carbon-free power by 2045.

Legislative Profile

Governor: J.B. Pritzker (D)

House: 73 (D, supermajority) ǀ 45 (R)

Senate: 40 (D, supermajority) ǀ 18 (R)

U.S. Climate Alliance Member

Key Resources

Emissions Reduction Targets

By 2025:

26-28%

All targets relative to 2005 levels

2019 GHG Emissions By Sector (%)

  • Commercial
  • Electric
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture
Source: EPA State Inventory Tool (SIT)

Use the + icons in each policy area below to explore climate policy that has been passed at the state level, with links to relevant legislation and trackers. Policies in gray have not yet been passed in this state.

Climate Governance & Equity

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Climate Governance

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Emissions Reduction Target

26-28% by 2025 Relative to 2005 levels

Mandate Source

Voluntary – Executive Order 2019-06 (2019)

Climate Action Plan

Climate Bureaucracy

Interagency Commissions/Task Forces

Non-Governmental Advisory Bodies

State Climate Portal

Illinois Climate Change Portal

Lead by Example

ACEEE Score – 2 out of 2 points**

**The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard analyzes the policies and programs states adopt to save energy in public sector buildings and transportation fleets. States can earn up to 2 points.

Equity

Environmental Justice Community Designation

Mandate Source

20 ILCS 3855/1-56 (2020)

Definition

“Environmental justice communities” are defined as the top 25% census block groups based on factors including environmental hazards, income, race, health, and other environmental and socioeconomic criteria.

Include race? Yes | Include income? Yes | Include pollution burden? Yes

State EJ Mapping Tools

EJ Community Benefit Requirement

20 ILCS 3855/1-56 (2017) – 25% of Illinois Solar for All funding

Public Act 102-0662 (2021) – 45% of transportation electrification funding to environmental justice communities

EJ Bureaucracy

Adaptation & Resilience

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Governance and Planning

Governance Structures

Adaptation and Resilience Plans

Climate Hazard Mitigation Plans

Solutions and Funding

Building Codes, Land Use, and Zoning

Built/Hard Infrastructure

Grid Resilience Measures

Act 169 (2020) – Provisions for increasing grid resiliency and microgrids

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Act 96-0026 (2009) – Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act

State Funding

Development Funding

Disaster Relief Funding

Act 29 (2019) – Appropriations for flood mitigation

Electricity

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Renewables and Energy Storage

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Target

100% carbon-free by 2045 | 100% clean energy by 2050

Legislation

SB 2408 (2021)

Distributed Generation/Solar Carve-out

SPOT Components – 4 out of 5*

Net Metering

SPOT Components – 5 out of 11*

Energy Storage Standard

SPOT Components – 1 out of 5*

Shared Renewables

SPOT Components – 6 out of 6*

Grid and Utility Reform

Clean Energy Plan

Grid Modernization Plan

The GridWise Alliance’s Grid Modernization Index (GMI) evaluates and ranks the status of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and D.C.

50-state Ranking – 2nd

Interconnection Standards

SPOT Components – 6 out of 6*

Utility Green Power Option

SPOT Components – 2 out of 6*

New Utility Business Model Proceeding

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Buildings & Efficiency

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Building Energy Codes

Residential Codes

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Statewide code – 2018 IECC

Commercial Codes

SPOT Components – 4 out of 6*

Statewide code – 2018 IECC

Stretch or Reach Codes

Available for adoption by January 2024 (2021 Climate and Equitable Jobs Act)

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Efficiency Programs and Incentives

Weatherization Programs

SPOT Components – 3 out of 4*

Energy Auditing Programs

Retrocommissioning Programs

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

SPOT Components – 5 out of 10*

Energy Savings Performance Contracting

SPOT Components – 2 out of 5*

Standards and Market Mechanisms

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Building Performance Standard (BPS)

Appliance Performance Standard (APS)

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buildings Data Disclosure

Transportation

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Vehicle Standards and Incentives

Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandates

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle (MHDVs) Sales Standards

Electric Vehicle Incentives

SPOT Components – 2 out of 5*

Charging Infrastructure Incentives

SPOT Components – 1 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

State Planning and Investment

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Decarbonization Plan

EV and EV Charging Infrastructure Plans

EV Transit Bus Deployment

The ACEEE Transportation Electrification Scorecard analyzes the level of investment and policies states adopt to procure electric transit buses. States can earn up to 6 points.

ACEEE Score – 1 out of 6 points

Bicycle Friendly State

The League of American Bicyclists’ State Report Cards evaluate and rank the safety and efficiency of active transportation systems across all 50 states.

50-state Ranking – 16th

Agriculture

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Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture Governance

Mandate Source

HB 2737 (2019)

Task Force Portal or Action Plan

Financial Incentives

Technical Assistance and Education Programs

Food Waste Bans and Targets

Industry, Materials, and Waste Management

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Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Regulations

Carbon Pollution Pricing

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Last Updated March 2022