Last Thursday, October 2, we hosted our 12th Annual Environmental Leadership Dinner.  There were a record number of supporters at this year’s dinner and many elected officials, government representatives, and leaders from environmental organizations.

If you attended the dinner, please take this survey to give us feedback.

IEC Board President, Lenore Beyer-Clow, welcomed guests to the dinner.  She spoke in her remarks about the importance of the Illinois Environmental Council, “The Illinois Environmental Council provides the forum for groups large and small to learn how to bring ideas to reality through legislation, regulation and programs.”

We then welcomed Governor Pat Quinn.  Governor Quinn spoke about his personal history in protecting and preserving open space, including stopping development at Plum Island near Starved Rock.  He also spoke about his support for clean energy and the clean power plan, and reviewed many of his accomplishments.

I then provided remarks on our progress from the year, including the continued need to oppose the Illiana Tollroad.  On carbon pollution, I addressed Illinois’ energy future, “We cannot allow another piece of energy policy to be passed in Illinois that doesn’t firmly establish renewable energy and energy efficiency as Illinois’ energy priority.”

Following dinner, Bruce Rauner addressed the audience.  He spoke about his experience and love of the outdoors and recognized the need to take action on climate change.  He also pledged to re-fund the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The presentation of awards ended the evening.  First, Al Grosboll of the Environmental Law and Policy Center presented our Lifetime Achievement Award to Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie.  His touching remarks about the accomplishments of this remarkable House member and environmental leader can be read here.

Finally, Henry Henderson of the Natural Resources Defense Council presented an award to the Southeast Environmental Task Force.  Read his blog post describing their heroic community efforts here.

Thanks so much to all who attended this event.  Some pictures are available at IEC’s facebook account.

Hope that you can join us next year for IEC’s 40th anniversary.  If you attended the dinner, remember to take this survey to provide us with feedback.

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