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New House Speaker, New 2021 Legislative Session Begins

As we look ahead to the spring session, we will be working with the new General Assembly on key environmental priorities, while protecting environmental programs from budget cuts against a challenging fiscal environment.

10 Great Illinois Spots and the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The LWCF has had an outstanding, though often unrecognized, impact on some of Illinois’ most significant places, from historically meaningful sites to a myriad of recreational spaces including national refuges and urban open spaces.

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Life Without Running Water During COVID-19

We haven’t done right by the communities most impacted—Black, brown and low income communities—until we’ve guaranteed this vital resource regardless of zipcode, race or ability to pay.

Biking and Walking in the COVID Era

In the 26th installment of our Lunch and Learn Series, IEC is joined by Audrey Wennink of Metropolitan Planning Council and Lynda Lopez of Active Transportation Alliance to discuss biking and walking in the COVID era. Resources: Metropolitan Planning Council Active Transportation Alliance

Transit in the time of COVID-19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mh25USsCVE In the 23rd installment of the IEC Lunch and Learn Series, IEC is joined by Jacky Grimshaw from the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Julia Gerasiminko from the Active Transportation Alliance to discuss transit in the time of COVID-19, with a focus on how Illinois’s transit agencies are responding. Find links and resources from …

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Where & How to Get Outside During COVID-19

In the 19th edition of the IEC Lunch & Learn Series, Andrew Szwak from Openlands joins IEC to share where we can get outside during COVID-19 and the steps we need to take when doing so to stay safe. Find links and resources from the session below: Openlands website

IEC Responds to Trump Administration Rollback of Clean Car Standards

The Illinois Environmental Council issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s rollback of Clean Car Standards: SPRINGFIELD, IL – In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Trump administration just finalized their brazen rollback of clean car standards. This move will harm public health by increasing air pollution, introduce more uncertainty …

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Legislative Update in the Wake of COVID-19

As you probably know, we typically send out updates on the status of the environmental legislative agenda on a weekly basis during the legislative session. However, these are not typical times and it feels wrong to go about business as usual when we are all so focused on the gravity of threats posed by the coronavirus, COVID-19, in our communities.

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