Welcome to the Illinois Action Project!
The Illinois Action Project is a joint project of Illinois Environmental and Public Health organizations to educate and mobilize their members. The IAP email-to-fax action alert system allows the members and friends of the participating organizations to quickly contact their public officials about key environmental and public health issues. IAP is thus a tool used cooperatively by the participating organizations, not a separate organization. We've even got support worldwide from estate agents in Hornchurch to cafe owners in Sydney, so get involved!
Save Our State Parks!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Illinois Senate is convening on Monday September 22nd and may consider legislation to restore funding to our state parks. Gov. Blagojevich will close 11 state parks and 13 historic sites and layoff state employees unless the Illinois Senate passes legislation to restore funding before Nov. 30.
Support the Global Warming Response Act!
On July 9th, Governor Blagojevich chopped $19 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources budget as part of $1.5 billion in line-item vetoes he made to balance the 2009 budget. This move decreased by another 20% the general fund budget for the IDNR, an agency that has already lost nearly a quarter of its staff from budget cuts and hiring freezes since 2001.
Since July, a growing public outcry has called for a restoration of IDNR funding to keep our parks and historic facilities open and staffed. Ordinary citizens like you have staged protests, signed petitions and generated dozens of stories in the media. As a result of this public pressure, the Illinois House passed a supplemental appropriations bill that reinstates $2.1 million of the $19 million IDNR funding the Governor cut.
Now it's the Senate's turn to act, and they must do so this week in order to keep our parks from closing. Sen. Linda Holmes has introduced a supplemental appropriations bill, SB 3057, that would restore full funding to the IDNR.
Contact your Senator TODAY and demand that he/she restores the parks funding by co-sponsoring and passing SB 3057 to restore ALL of the funding cut from IDNR. Also, ask them to prevent other conservation and environmental funds from being raiding as a way of restoring the parks funding.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Illinois is the 7th largest contributor of global warming pollution in the country, and together with seven other Midwestern states, it spews out more than 23% of the nations and nearly 5% of the worlds greenhouse gas pollution. Scientists agree that climate change is caused by the release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases from human activity, and, if left unchecked, the rising temperatures and increased storm activity it brings will impact the worlds water supplies and agriculture, wildlife habitat and human health.
Clean Up Illinois Act with the Illinois Clean Cars Act!
The Global Warming Response Act offers a blueprint for reducing Illinois greenhouse gas pollution to 1990 levels by 2020. The policies outlined in SB 2220 and HB 5254 would generate consumer savings through energy efficiency and position Illinois business to reap the economic benefits of the global shift to low-carbon energy technologies.
Please use the link above to send a fax to your State Representative and State Senator to ask them to sponsor SB 2220/HB 5254 to reduce Illinois greenhouse gas pollution to 1990 levels by 2020.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Illinois is the 7th largest source of global warming pollution in the country, with the transportation sector contributing more than 25% of that pollution. Our passenger vehicles generate 70% of transportation's total global warming pollution. All of this is taking its toll on our health Illinois has one of the highest death rates from asthma in the nation.
Thirteen states representing 39% of the U.S. automobile market have already adopted clean car standards to address their global warming output, which means automakers are building cleaner cars for them and dirtier vehicles for our state and others. Illinois needs to do the same. The Illinois Clean Cars Act is modeled after Californias Pavley Law and sets standards for automakers to increasingly reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by cars and light trucks on a fleet-wide average basis between 2009 and 2020. This bill will reduce critical air pollutants each year by as much as 16 percent and air toxics by up to 21 percent by the year 2030. These improvements would annually prevent up to 250,000 lost school days and about 11 percent fewer premature deaths by 2030.
Please use the link above to send a fax to your State Representative and State Senator to ask them to support HB 3424 and SB 2238 to adopt clean car standards to reduce emissions of smog-forming pollution and greenhouse gases in effect in 13 other states.