Environmental Justice Lobby Day
& Week of Action
April 26 - April 29, 2021
Hundreds of environmentalists are joining forces for Environmental Justice Lobby Day on Monday, April 26 and appealing to Governor Pritzker and members of the General Assembly to act now to pass climate and environmental justice legislation.
It will take all of our voices joining together in support of CEJA to make sure Springfield hears us. So don’t delay! This page lists several solidarity actions you can take throughout the course of this Environmental Justice Week of Action!
Learn More About Our Priority Legislation
EJ Permitting Teach In
Join us for our third and final bill teach-in leading up to our Virtual Environmental Justice Lobby Day! This week we’ll be covering a bill on environmental justice permitting with LVEJO’s executive director Kim Wasserman.
Lead Service Line Teach-In
We hope to include Lead Service Line Replacement legislation in our upcoming Virtual Environmental Lobby Day, and as we are with the other bills on our lobby day agenda, we’re inviting our community to learn more about it during a teach-in session.
Join us to brush up on this important topic and learn more about what you can do to help us get this critical bill to the governor’s desk!
Join us for a discussion on the four pillars of CEJA lead by lobbyist and former State Representative Elaine Nekritz, Andrew Rehn from Prairie Rivers Network and other members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.
Week of Action
Whether you can join us for Monday’s Environmental Justice Lobby Day or not, you’re invited to join us for a week of impactful actions to make your support for environmental justice clear to your elected officials.
Throughout the Week of Action, you are encouraged to use your social media networks to get the word out about the environmental bills your care about using the hashtag #EJ4IL. Don’t forget to use #CEJACantWait for all of your CEJA posts as well!
Monday, April 26:
Lobby Day and Environmental Justice Rally
Connect with your lobby team guide, meet with your legislators about important environmental justice bills and attend the big rally at Noon!
Rally at Noon
Join hundreds of Illinoisans for an exciting rallying for environmental justice, including the Clean Energy Jobs Act, the replacement of toxic lead service lines and permitting reform for environmental justice communities. You are encouraged to make a sign for the rally!
Watch Live Online
Not able to participate in Lobby Day this year, but still want to catch the rally at noon? You can watch the rally live on the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition Facebook Page by clicking here.
Call Gov. Pritzker
Whether you can participate in Lobby Day meetings and attend the rally or not, you CAN call Governor Pritzker! Share with him why we need to pass CEJA now! Not sure what to say? No worries! Click here to be connected with his office by phone and a sample script.
Tuesday, April 27:
Holding Utility Companies Accountable for Their Corruption
The House Energy and Environment Committee is holding an important hearing on how future legislation, including CEJA, can hold large utility companies more accountable to the people they serve in light of the recent ComEd corruption indictment.
Catch the hearing live at 4:30pm to follow the latest updates on utility accountability, a critical component of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Tune in live in virtual room 1 here.
Urge Your Legislators to Hold Utility Companies Accountable for Their Corruption
Take further action and demand that the Illinois General Assembly pass legislation that includes oversight for big utility companies. Tell your legislators that Illinois consumers deserve transparency and accountability: Click here to take action!
Wednesday, April 28:
Support Environmental Justice Permitting Reform
The Chicago Environmental Justice Network is working with legislative leaders to pass crucial legislation that will improve the public hearing process and give local residents more ability to understand and challenge pollution permits, require IEPA to create environmental justice assessments to assess cumulative impact, and reform environmental permitting laws.
Contact Gov. Pritzker and Your Legislators
Tell Gov. Pritzker and your legislators to pass strong permitting reform that protects environmental justice communities from environmental racism and pollution.
Thursday, April 29:
Help Remove All Toxic Lead Service Lines
Illinois has more lead service lines than any other state, and a disproportionate number of these lines are found in Black and Brown communities. We must pass legislation that creates a plan, funding, and timeline to replace all lead service lines in Illinois.
Friday, April 30:
CEJA Can’t Wait -- Call Your Legislators to Remind Them
Make a Follow Up Call to Your Legislators
Now, it’s time to call your legislators to follow up on the conversations you had, and remind them that you will be watching how they vote as the legislative session concludes in May. Accountability and urgency are a huge part of what motivates legislators to make lasting change. Call them by clicking here.
Get 5 Friends on Board!
After you call your legislators, recruit 5 friends to sign the #CEJACantWait petition: https://ilcleanjobs.org/clean-energy-jobs-act/