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Illinois Environmental Organizations Respond to Gov. Pritzker Signing Midwest Electric Vehicle Agreement

Call on Governor to Next Tackle Polluting Emissions from Large Trucks

CHICAGO– The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) and other environmental organizations noted below issued the following statement in response to Governor JB Pritzker joining Midwest governors in signing on to the Regional Electric Vehicle for the Midwest Memorandum of Understanding (REV Midwest MOU):

“The Illinois Environmental Council and our partners here support Governor Pritzker’s continued commitment to expanding electric vehicles in Illinois and protecting public health by signing on to the Midwest Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Memorandum of Understanding. The action builds upon the investments in charging infrastructure that will be made by the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, and those being made by the private sector to support more EV chargers along major highways. 

“To truly address the growing threat of climate change and dangerous air pollution levels in Illinois, particularly in our most vulnerable communities, the Governor must now focus his attention on electrifying large vehicles like trucks that run on diesel.  Governor Pritzker should now sign the Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding, joining the 15 states, Washington D.C. and the Province of Quebec that are already moving to address this problem.”

This joint statement may be attributed to the following partner organizations:

Illinois Environmental Council
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Warehouse Workers for Justice
The Nature Conservancy 
Environmental Law and Policy Center
Environmental Defense Fund
Respiratory Health Association
Jobs to Move America- Illinois  
Union of Concerned Scientists

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Since 1975, the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) has worked to safeguard Illinois—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends by building power for people and the environment.

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