Posts in Category: Clean Transportation

With Great Lakes Flooding on the Way, ELPC Working on Climate Solutions

I walked along the Lake Michigan shoreline this weekend. My neighborhood beach is gone, and the water is already lapping up over the rocks onto the walking path and grassy shore. In part due to climate change, Great Lakes water levels are experiencing extremes – mostly much higher, and sometimes lower. Amidst one crisis, worsened

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Illinois Budget Update

On February 19, Governor Pritzker delivered his budget message for the state of Illinois. The Governor is once again recommending a maintenance budget with proposed increased spending for child welfare, public education, and pension payments. In order to afford these increases, the Governor is focused on passing the Fair Tax Constitutional Amendment. Agency Funding  With

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Testifying to Protect Our Voices and the Environment with NEPA

Today I testified on behalf of ELPC before the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) at their second and final public hearing on its rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ELPC testified in strong opposition to CEQ’s proposed changes to NEPA regulations. The current regulations are thoughtful, well-designed, and provide for the successful implementation of NEPA. They have provided

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Getting back on track in Illinois: Investing in rail to improve Midwest mobility

There is good news for Amtrak riders in Illinois. ELPC has long supported expansion of inter-city rail service in the Midwest. Choosing rail travel over driving or flying reduces air pollution that contributes to climate change and harms public health. In the spring 2019 legislative session, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly dramatically increased

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Ten rounds with Trump: ELPC’s top federal fights of 2019

Do you care about clean water and clean air? How about protecting our kids from mercury pollution or acting on climate change? I think we’d all want to say everyone cares about all of these things, but unfortunately not the Trump Administration.   That’s why ELPC had a busy 2019 standing up to the Trump Administration and working to fight its continued rollback

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ELPC in 2019: Strong Results, Impact, and a Good Reason to Give…

We’ve had an incredible year at ELPC. We’re fighting back and playing to win against President Trump’s misguided attempts to rollback protective clean air and clean water standards, systematically weaken the Environmental Protection Agency, and conduct what amounts to a War on the Great Lakes.  We are winning with savvy strategies, our very hardworking and

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Chicago needs Electric CTA Buses for Clean Air

Chicago is plagued by air pollution, and transportation is one of the largest contributing factors. Our public transportation system provides many residents with important low-impact alternatives to car travel, but it’s not perfect either. Electric CTA buses could significantly improve air quality in communities across the city. As a senior researcher at ELPC, I study

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Electric school buses hit the road in the Midwest

In nearly every community across the Midwest you can find a yellow school bus. It’s a classic feature of American life, so common it’s easy to forget. But the diesel engine inside your average bus is not so sunny as its exterior, producing air pollution and carbon emissions that pose grave risks to our children.

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Stopping Rt 53 Boondoggle in Lake County Illinois

ELPC and our allies won a major victory last week. The Lake County, Illinois board decided to stop pursuing a massive highway extension that would have been a boondoggle for developers, destroyed sensitive wetlands, and contributed to air pollution. Lake County’s Route 53 has resurfaced several times over the years, and each time local communities

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Illinois 2019 Legislative Session Progress and Wrap-Up

The 2019 Illinois General Assembly spring session ended and there is much good environmental news to report!  ELPC had a successful session, advancing important clean energy and environmental protection legislation as ELPC legislative advocates Al Grosboll and David McEllis worked closely with our environmental partners.  There were five bills on which ELPC played a leadership

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ELPC’s Founding Vision is Becoming Today’s Sustainability Reality

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