The Dawn of a Bold New Era in Illinois?

Illinois May Be Emerging As One of America’s Environmental Leadership States. The seemingly sudden passage of several mega-measures by the Illinois General Assembly in the final days of the spring legislative session undoubtedly surprised many Illinoisans who learned that, over the first weekend of summer, the legislature legalized recreational cannabis use, expanded gaming, launched a long… Continue reading The Dawn of a Bold New Era in Illinois?

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Debunking Myths and Taking Action to Stop Asian Carp

  Invasive Asian carp are an urgent threat to the health of the Great Lakes, and the people and economies that depend on the lakes and their resources. The Sierra Club and its partners have long advocated for a comprehensive solution to the risk of these fish invading the Great Lakes, along with the other… Continue reading Debunking Myths and Taking Action to Stop Asian Carp

Bill to Protect Monarch Butterfly Habitat Passes in Senate Today

This year Illinois Sierra Club worked with, Representative Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) and Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), to pass two important pieces of legislation aimed at helping the monarch butterfly. Back during the spring session, HB2568, designating milkweed as the state wildflower, passed both chambers and was signed into law in August. Also during the spring… Continue reading Bill to Protect Monarch Butterfly Habitat Passes in Senate Today

Time for a time-out on massive warehouse and distribution centers in Will County until a plan is in place that protects our communities

Residents of Will County strongly urge a moratorium be placed on the annexation and zoning for new warehouses and distribution centers in Village and City jurisdictions of Will County until Will County completes a comprehensive land use and transportation plan.  Building on the Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan’s emphasis on protecting quality of… Continue reading Time for a time-out on massive warehouse and distribution centers in Will County until a plan is in place that protects our communities

Your car can be more than a pumpkin holder.

It may only be October, but now is a great time to donate your vehicle. When you donate a vehicle that you no longer need or use, your generous donation will not only support Illinois Sierra Club, but you can also benefit from the donation too! When you donate your car, truck or boat to… Continue reading Your car can be more than a pumpkin holder.

Asian Carp Advance On Lake Michigan; Trump Halts Project to Stop Them, Threatens To Cut Off All Great Lakes Funds

Yesterday an invasive adult silver carp was caught within nine miles of Lake Michigan in the Calumet River. The 8-pound fish was captured in a gill net by a commercial fisherman working for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) as part of their seasonal intensive monitoring program… Continue reading Asian Carp Advance On Lake Michigan; Trump Halts Project to Stop Them, Threatens To Cut Off All Great Lakes Funds

Spring & Summer Pollinator Events In Illinois

Wed 5/17/17 Weed (the verb) and Wine at the EVG Garden Eagle View Group (IL) Sat 6/10/17 Churchill Woods/Glacial Ridge Forest Preserve Service Event River Prairie Group Sat  5/20/17 Pollinator Family Day Heart Of Illinois Group Sat 5/20/17 Spring Valley Native Plant Planting Project NW Cook County Group Sun  6/09/17 Gardening for Butterflies and Hummingbirds… Continue reading Spring & Summer Pollinator Events In Illinois

Shawnee Parkway — New Name for a Decades-old Proposal in far Southern Illinois

Sierra Club is opposed to the Shawnee Parkway, a proposed multi-lane, high-speed highway to facilitate the trucking industry through a portion of southernmost Illinois. The negative impacts to the environment far outweigh any perceived advantages. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has invited the public to review and comment on the draft Purpose and Need… Continue reading Shawnee Parkway — New Name for a Decades-old Proposal in far Southern Illinois