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|Clean Energy Election Victory for Illinois' Largest Public Utility
Illinois' largest public utility will now be overseen by a mayor who pledged to keep renewable energy as part of its energy mix. Springfield's Democratic Mayor-elect Jim Langfelder deserves credit ...
|Illinois Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Fracking
Nearly half of Illinois voters oppose fracking, according to a new poll by the Simon Institute . The statewide poll reveals 48.6% oppose fracking while only 31.8% believe it should be encouraged, ...
|America's Fracking Mayor: Rahm Emanuel
When Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the city of Chicago was making lists of top green cities in America. During the election he pledged support to a community movement aimed at closing the polluting ...
|Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln: Enemy of the 1%
Happy birthday Abraham Lincoln! When Lincoln anniversaries come around I sometimes enjoy comparing the views of the first Republican president to the Republican party of today. Tax policies offer a ...
|Governor Rauner's Environment & Energy Adviser Represents Illinois' Worst Polluters
One of Bruce Rauner's first appointments as Governor is a troubling sign for citizens hoping he'll protect the public and environment from toxic pollutants. Rauner's new Policy Adviser for ...
|Can Illinois Learn From New York's Victory Against Fracking?
Illinois environmentalists are cheering the spectacular success of the movement to ban fracking in New York. The victory is justifiably spurring reflection on how it was done . What happened in New ...
|After release of torture report, the only thing Ted Cruz condemns is Democrats
After reading a report that included descriptions of horrific acts like "forced rectal feeding," the only thing Senator Ted Cruz chose to condemn is Democrats. In a statement on his website he ...
|Media Bias is 25 Sports Writers and Zero Environment Reporters
Any news outlet that distributes information unflattering to Republicans or views out of step with conservative ideology will be hounded with cries of "liberal media bias." The badgering will ...
|Clinton shows she's not the climate leader we need
Hillary Clinton did us a favor. At a recent speech to the League of Conservation Voters , Clinton showed that she doesn't understand what it will take to confront the climate crisis and she's ...
|It doesn't pay to be a fossil fuel Democrat on election day
This was a difficult election for Democrats and it was even worse for Democrats still pushing fossil fuels. The Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Coal Caucus lost his seat along with a slew ...
|All Illinois Democrats have to do for re-election is govern like Democrats
There's a simple lesson for Illinois Democrats from the Tuesday election. If you want to get re-elected as a Democrat in Illinois all you have to do is govern like a liberal Democrat. It's not ...
|Southern Illinois asks legislative committee to reject weak fracking rules
Yesterday Illinois was facing an environmental and economic crisis from fracking that was greenwashed by a Democratic Governor who told us regulation can make it safe . Voters were asked to choose ...
|Illinois Wasting Millions on Another Coal-to-Gas Pork Project
The state of Illinois is throwing millions of taxpayer dollars at another coal-to-gas plant just two years after a similar project ended in failure. The Coal Development Fund has so far given ...
|Who will be the climate change candidate in 2016?
Will the climate movement have a serious contender for President in 2016? Now's the time to find someone strong on the most urgent crisis of our time and serious about winning the White House. ...
|Mike Bost (IL-12) says fracking is safe but environmentalists want people to die
Illinois Republican Congressional candidate Mike Bost has some unusual beliefs about environmentalists and fracking. In a recent radio interview , Bost said about environmentalists: "...if it was ...
|Congressman Shimkus faces backlash for facebook fracking support
Illinois' most embarrassing Congressman, John Shimkus, faced an outraged backlash for pro-fracking statements he made on facebook. He's already well known as a climate change denier and conspiracy ...
|Protests, activism, the NYC climate rally, and why big greens can't stop climate change
The trouble with letting television tell the story of our recent history is that it tends to overemphasize events designed for the camera. For example, the made-for-TV version of the civil rights ...
|Fracking Industry Uses Tobacco Playbook to Defend Birth Defects
Bloomberg News reviews studies on the link between birth defects and living near fracking sites. It's compelling. Multiple studies show increased rates of congenital heart defects, low birth weight, ...
|Who Are The Top Five Fossil Fools in Illinois Politics?
Illinois may be more famous for imprisoned Governors, but as a coal state struggling with its energy future, some of our politicians have wacky things to say about fossil fuels. With the threatened ...
|Illinois Newspaper Gives Up On Journalism, Bends Over For Fracking Industry
The Southern Illinoisan has a long running competition with the Belleville News-Democrat over which Illinois newspaper has ...
|Harry Truman, Obama and Thomas Frank's Disillusionment
Thomas Frank has an interesting column in Salon that typifies the cynical view of Obama by speculating what his Presidential library might look like. Republicans in Congress want to make sure ...
|Oil Interests Want Illinois To Frack for the Children
In what may be the most shameless in a long line of dishonest appeals, the Illinois oil industry is now asking us to start fracking for the children. The oil industry propaganda website, Energy In ...
|How Much Fracking Will Remain Unregulated in Illinois?
Fracking has begun in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn's Department of Natural Resources issued a permit for a test well at a site where oil fracking is planned. The well isn't subject to Illinois ...
|An Environmental Justice Agenda from Illinois Coal & Fracking Fighters
Illinois is facing an extraction crisis. Expanded coal mining and the looming threat of fracking will create an unprecedented two-pronged threat to southern and central Illinois. Grassroots groups ...
|Over 5,000 Ask Illinois Attorney General to Investigate Permit at Peabody Rocky Branch Strip Mine
Over 5,000 people signed a CREDO mobile petition in just a few days asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan to halt logging and review the permit for a Peabody Strip Mine near Equality, Illinois. The ...
|Illinois Coal Campaign Cash Scandal Reveals Culture of Corruption
The Chris Cline coal campaign contribution scandal has grown bigger than I ever expected. CoalGate is getting wide press coverage and resulted in a second acting director of Mines & Minerals being ...
|Democratic Congressional Candidates Callis, Gollin, Green Talk Climate Change, Fracking (IL-13)
The three Democrats running in Illinois' 13th Congressional district primary recently answered my questions about climate change and energy issues. It's one of the hottest Congressional races in the ...
|Pat Quinn Gets Fracking Valentine
Cupid delivered a Valentine's Day message about fracking to Governor Pat Quinn. Rising Tide Chicago posted video ...
|Illinois Mine Safety Head Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline
Tony Mayville is a candidate for State Representative �in southern Illinois and Chairman of the Washington County Democratic Party. He has also supervised the Mine Safety �division and served as ...
|Video: Why Illinois Regulation Won't Make Fracking Safe
A disturbing new video of poisoned water, leaking oil rigs, and lax enforcement at Illinois oil wells highlights why proposed fracking regulation won't protect the state's environment or people. The ...
|Favorite Comments from the Petition to Ban Fracking in Illinois
The MoveOn.org Fracking Fighter petition to ban fracking in Illinois got off to a fast start! It's just shy of the first 500 signatures. The comments people add are fun to read so here are some of ...
|Will Illinois Ban Fracking After Disaster Strikes Or Before?
An Illinois ban on fracking is inevitable. The question is whether it will happen before or after a major fracking disaster. The public comment period on Illinois' draft regulations ended January 3 ...
|"We are strong and we're here to fight!" Fracking comments from Decatur and Carbondale, IL
Since I posted video of the other Illinois fracking hearings I thought I'd do one more for the Decatur and Carbondale hearings. The sound is poor on most of my video from Decatur so I'm only posting ...
|These Rules Won't Make Fracking Safe! More Public Comments From Effingham, IL.
I finally have all the video up from the Effingham public comment hearing on Illinois' proposed fracking rules. Below are the five videos I haven't already posted , and at the end is a playlist of ...
|Even a Monkey Wouldn't Allow Fracking. Public Comments from Effingham, IL.
On a dark and foggy night, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing in Effingham to take comments on proposed fracking regulation. It was less well attended than other ...
|Merry Fracking Christmas, Governor Quinn
Elves erected a fracking well on Governor Pat Quinn's lawn earlier today in recognition of his enthusiastic advocacy for launching an Illinois fracking boom. No more artificial green for Quinn this ...
|Fracking subsidies cut in budget deal
I read at Think Progress how the federal budget deal isn't great news for clean energy, but it does eliminate funding for a fossil fuel subsidy program, the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional ...
|Right wing blog caught plagiarizing me, accuses me of lying, but google cache
I'm going to warn you up front that this is a petty, trivial post but you may get a laugh out of it like I did. Friday evening I wrote on my blog about a proposal to rename a major Chicago roadway ...
|Chicago and Southern Illinois Hearings Show Unity Against Fracking
Cross-posted from Huffington Post At two public hearings on proposed regulation, residents of Chicago and southern Illinois showed they stand united against fracking in the Land of Lincoln. The ...
|The impossible task of making fracking safe
The hearing on Illinois' proposed fracking rules at Rend Lake Community College featured two speakers who support fracking and an evening full of residents determined to stop fracking from coming to ...
|Southern Illinois Unprepared for Social Costs of Fracking Boom
There's an excellent piece on Huffington Post by...oh wait...it's by me! I'm on HuffPo! Woohoo! Yeah, I'm pretty excited. I have a favor to ask, but first a clip. The Illinois Coalition Against ...
|Illinois Should Celebrate a French Colonial Thanksgiving (And Ditch Pilgrim Propaganda)
Why should Illinoisans think about New England pilgrims on Thanksgiving? The common theme of pilgrims having a traditional harvest celebration with Native Americans seems arbitrary. Thanksgiving ...
|Obama just launched single-payer in America
Did you notice? Did you see what happened when everyone was complaining about a website? Single-payer got started in America. Vermont is using authority granted under the Affordable Care Act to ...
|Illinois Proposes $50 Fines for Fracking and Kills a Cougar
Some fracking violations will cost companies only $50 under rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Also, they killed a mountain lion . These are two unrelated actions by ...
|Tornadoes in November! Is Winter Coming?
Climate change is coming! I just sat through the most bizarre November storm I've ever seen in Illinois. After tornadoes with hail blowing sideways, it's now 70 degrees, sunny and beautiful. For ...
|Moderates and Independents Oppose Fracking in Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois is the next region threatened by a looming fracking boom. A new poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows surprising levels of opposition to fracking among southern ...
|Rodney "Double Talk" Davis still pointing fingers in partisan constituent letter (IL-13)
Congressman Rodney Davis is already notorious for not taking a clear, solid stand on almost any issue . The government shutdown has pushed his double talk to absurd new levels. A letter apparently ...
|Congressman Davis signed pledge to shut down government. Now blames Democrats.
Illinois Republican Rodney Davis is making this too easy. Today's News-Gazette headline declares, "Davis says Dems are to blame for shutdown." "What we're doing is sending bills over to the Senate,
|The Two Faces of Governor Quinn's Environmental Policy Puts Downstate Illinois in Danger
Governor Pat Quinn recently spoke at the annual dinner of the Illinois Environmental Council held in Chicago , where he was applauded as a longtime ally. His record as Governor reflects his ...
|Congressmen Shimkus, Davis team up to show hypocrisy on energy prices
Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis usually does a good job of sounding vaguely moderate, even when he's pursuing extremely conservative policies, so I'm a little surprised to see him co-author an ...
|Illinois gay marriage advocates intensify pressure on unlikely targets
Civil rights advocates were disappointed at the end of this year's Illinois legislative session after the gay marriage bill failed to come up for a vote. The movement responded by quietly going home ...
|Republican Congressmen Revive Tractor Dust Conspiracy Theory to Gut Environmental Regulation
The EPA wants to regulate tractor dust. Can you believe that? It's getting to the point where a man can't even drive his tractor down a dirt road without big government getting in the way! That's ...
|Brace for more earthquakes in southern Illinois thanks to fracking
A new scientific study confirms that pumping fracking fluids into the ground increases seismic activity. It's grim news as Illinois begins a fracking rush in major seismic zones . The scientists ...
|Democrat Bill Enyart doesn't want help from environmentalists or Obama supporters
I received another fundraising email today from freshman Democratic Congressman Bill Enyart. As it turns out, he doesn't want my money after all. He made that very clear in his public statement ...
|Racist, sexist attack against candidate a reminder of opponent's sly appeal to prejudice
That didn't take long. An Illinois Republican party official made a racist and sexist attack against Erika Harold two weeks after she announced her Congressional primary campaign against a ...
|Will downstate Illinois support Bill Daley for Governor?
Bill Daley announced yesterday that he's running for Governor of Illinois. If he wins, Illinois will have a governor and a mayor of its largest city who were both chief-of-staff to President Obama. ...
|Can the Shawnee National Forest survive regulated fracking?
After watching the state house overwhelmingly vote for a bill that will launch the fracking rush in Illinois, I spotted the cover of Illinois Times' latest issue. " A Guide to the Shawnee National ...
|National spotlight on Illinois fracking fight as citizens push for moratorium
The passionate push to save Illinois from poorly regulated fracking continued at the state Capitol Wednesday. Internationally recognized ecologist and Living Downstream author Sandra Steingraber ...
|Sponsor of Illinois fracking bill living large on fat campaign fund
State Representative John Bradley, chief sponsor of the proposed pro-fracking bill written with industry lobbyists, sometimes pleads with listeners about his concern for water quality in southern ...
|Interview with second citizen arrested for demanding fracking meeting with Illinois Governor
A second person in two days has been arrested for demanding that Governor Pat Quinn meet with citizens about proposed fracking legislation. Southern Illinois resident Dayna Conner was arrested for ...
|Republican gubernatorial candidate brags about benefits of Clinton economy, cheating state pensions
I noticed Reboot Illinois promoting this recent quote by Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard. "When I worked as Gov. Jim Edgar's chief of staff, we turned a $1 billion deficit into a $1....
|Illinois drought and flooding isn't climate change. It's a Climate Clusterfuck.
Remember the stories about rivers in Illinois earlier this year? They were about a long drought so bad it was slowing barge traffic on the Mississippi River down to a halt. And here we are in ...
|Illinois Congressional delegation gets greener while Aaron Schock ranks dirtiest
The League of Conservation Voters released their 2012 scorecard , and it shows that the Illinois Congressional delegation is much greener today than it was last year. Most of those who had the worst ...
|Clinton Presidential Library provides contrast to Obama's transformative Presidency
Last month, I visited the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. It was my second visit since its opening in 2004 so it was nice to see it again, this time with completed grounds and the ...
|How my experience in Boy Scouts taught me the ban on gay members is wrong
I loved being in Boy Scouts. Scouting gave me my first experiences with leadership, taught me important practical skills, lead to strong bonds with good friends, provided positive adult role models, ...
|Online campaign launches to make Apple products in Illinois
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently spoke about making the Mac and other products in America. Those comments inspired a new campaign and online petition asking Apple to manufacture in Illinois. It makes ...
|Transportation will be one of Obama's most enduring legacies. Thanks, Ray!
I was disappointed to read that Ray LaHood will be leaving as Secretary of Transportation, partly because it's nice having one who's personally familiar with infrastructure needs in my native ...
|Federal authorities probe Lincoln deal-making in "Operation Log Roller"
After viewing the new Steven Spielberg film Lincoln , federal authorities opened an investigation aimed at the former President and his political allies. "Operation Log Roller" will probe alleged ...
|Help me, EPA, you're my only hope!
I was disappointed during the election when many environmental writers downplayed the role of Environmental Protection Agency regulation on coal. It was a timid response to the " war on coal " hype.
|Rodney Davis not entirely honest about relationship with convicted Governor George Ryan (IL-13)
My patience has worn thin listening to Rodney Davis complain about campaign ads on his ties to convicted former Governor George Ryan. Davis claims the ads by DCCC are misleading, but Davis has never ...
|Rodney Davis makes wacky claim that climate change stopped 16 years ago (IL-13)
How did I miss this whopper?! Republican Congressional candidate Rodney Davis claimed during a radio interview that climate change stopped sixteen years ago. Clearly, you can tell that's true ...
|Wind farm ban becomes issue in Sangamon County, Illinois board election
Proposed changes to the county wind farm ordinance have become an issue in the election for Sangamon county board seats. In August, I wrote about the county board threatening to turn away green jobs ...
|Congressional candidates Gill, Davis (IL-13) occupy same stage but different realities.
Democrat David Gill and Republican Rodney Davis shared the same stage for their debate Wednesday evening , but they're clearly not living in the same reality. Let's review a few issues. Debt and ...
|Funny video busts out Rodney Davis' amnesia about years as political insider (IL-13)
There's a new video on YouTube that starts out with Republican Congressional candidate Rodney Davis saying it's absurd for people to call him a Washington insider. It then details his years as a ...
|Rodney Davis sides with climate change conspiracy theorists. Would kill green jobs. (IL-13)
It finally happened! During an interview with the State Journal-Register editorial board , Rodney Davis was asked if he accepts the scientific consensus behind climate change. The question came ...
|Run, Rodney, Run From the Scary Questions! (IL-13)
At this point in the campaign it's obvious that Republican Congressional candidate Rodney Davis is mostly speaking to partisan crowds and avoiding tough questions from the public. He's still not ...
|Failed clean coal projects cost Illinois taxpayers millions
Illinois is attempting to become ground zero for clean coal projects. That effort cost state taxpayers millions of dollars for failed coal plants that will never be built. I recently filed a Freedom ...
|A hidden Obama success story: weatherization and energy efficiency
I sometimes hear people say they wish Barack Obama had created more New Deal style programs to create jobs like the WPA or CCC. It would be even better if he did it to build clean energy projects ...
|Rodney Davis supports Bush economic policies on steroids and radical deregulation
Republican Congressional candidate (IL-13) Rodney Davis released an economic plan today and (big surprise!) he thinks we should go back to the George W. Bush policies of more tax cuts and ...
|Nasty Republican attack site complains about negative campaigning. Order a Dr. Radical.
I've heard that Republicans have a guy following around Democratic Congressional candidate David Gill in surgical scrubs and calling himself "Dr. Radical." The Illinois Republican Party (where Gill'...
|Congressman Kucinich demands investigation of Prairie State coal rate hikes
Many Illinois residents recently got hit with a major utility rate increase, along with 2.5 million other people in eight states. That's because 217 Towns and 17 Coops invested in Peabody's Prairie ...
|Remember when Bobby Schilling was a Tea Partier? (IL-17)
I have to give credit to Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling and his campaign team. They've put in a great effort to transform his image from an ultra-conservative Tea Party Congressman to a ...
|FaceMob floods Congressional candidate with climate change questions. Still no answer. (IL-13)
If you were watching Rodney Davis' campaign Facebook page Sunday afternoon you would have seen a flood of questions from citizens asking where he stands on climate change. They're still waiting ...
|GOP Congressman Shimkus called energy loan guarantees "imperative" before voting against them
House Republicans continue to ignore the American Jobs Act , but they found plenty of time for their ongoing effort to gin up a phony scandal around Solyndra. Today ...
|Rodney Davis' copy-and-paste energy plan ducks climate change (IL-13)
Republican Congressional candidate Rodney Davis announced his energy plan in Springfield Tuesday. The campaign apparently forgot to send my invitation but you can see the plan posted online . The ...
|The Failed Tea Party Rally of 1960
A few weeks ago I read the latest volume in Robert Caro's epic four-part biography of Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power . The depth of insight about Johnson's life and Caro's theme on the use of ...
|Rodney Davis (IL-13) ducks my question about climate change
Illinois Republican Congressional candidates Rodney Davis and Jason Plummer held a press conference in East St. Louis last week to talk about the flood levee system. Both candidates are running for ...
|Is Romney's anti-unionism rooted in his religion?
It's difficult to talk about Mitt Romney's religion. He belongs to one of the most misunderstood and historically persecuted religions in America. Mormons have been subjected to years of misleading ...
|Downstate Illinois legislators have mixed environmental records in 2012
The Illinois Environmental Council recently released their 2012 legislative scorecard ! Are you as excited as I am?!?!!! I totally geek out on seeing how state representatives and senators voted on ...
|I've witnessed voter fraud. Many times.
While catching up on a few Democratic convention speeches I missed I had to watch John Lewis . He's a national hero. No one can speak about voting rights with more authority than a man who has been ...
|A Labor Day message from Disney: the Nazis are winning
Sometimes it's interesting to watch the old World War II propaganda films. Labor Day makes me think of how Nazi Germany was portrayed in a 1943 Disney Donald Duck cartoon . It's starts with ...
|Rodney Davis (IL-13) forgets big favor from convicted Governor George Ryan
A recent DCCC ad highlighting Republican Congressional candidate Rodney Davis' ties to former Governor (and current inmate) George Ryan brought back some memories for me, but it gave the Davis ...
|Rodney Davis (IL-13) takes difficult stand for rising sun, hugs, othering
I'm used to the fact that most political literature doesn't say much of substance anymore. But, the palm card I picked up from the campaign of Illinois Republican Congressional candidate Rodney ...
|Will Sangamon county Illinois turn away wind power jobs while subsidizing coal?
A proposal is currently before the Sangamon County Board that would end a project to create local green jobs and clean energy. I decided to check out rumors I've been hearing that the county board ...
|Your democracy spoiled my lunch!
Have you ever had a perfectly good day moderately inconvenienced by someone's fight for their livelihood? This letter to the editor writer has. The writer thanked Illinois public employees fighting ...
|The best location for Springfield, IL passenger rail
As a warning, this post will mostly be of interest only to those who live in Springfield, Illinois or have a particular interest in high speed rail in the state. The following are my comments to ...
|Governor Pat Quinn booed off stage at own Illinois Democratic rally
I just returned from the annual Governor's Day (aka Democrat Day) rally at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The event is usually a pep-rally for Democratic candidates attended by party ...
|Ameren seeks an extra five years of poisoning your lungs
You may not be familiar with the Illinois Pollution Control Board, but they have a lot of power to decide what goes into your lungs. They'll hold a hearing August 1st to consider Ameren's request to ...
|From the outer margins of relevance: Jill Stein becomes Green Party nominee
AP covered the Green Party convention where two candidates with a record of landslide electoral defeats accepted the Green Party nomination for President and Vice-President. "We need real public ...
|Illinois picks easy corruption target: college students
The horror of making it easier for students to attend Illinois colleges is abated now that the Legislative Scholarship program is gone . The program let each state legislator give out two four-year ...
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