Local Food

Chicago City Council to Take Up Native Gardens Protections

New Native Garden Registry to Curb Discriminatory Crackdown, Protect the Environment CHICAGO —  Today, advocates joined Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward-Chicago) and a dozen other aldermen to introduce the Native Plants Gardens Registry Ordinance (O2021-362) for consideration by the Chicago City Council. The proposal would create a new Managed Native Garden Registry, protecting citizens who …

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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.

Our Food System and COVID: How to Improve Security and Resilience

This webinar will explore how the Covid-19 pandemic exposed fractures within our food chain, and how shifting towards a decentralized food system that strengthens local food infrastructure and increases accessibility can create a much more resilient agricultural system. Presenters: Liz Stelk of Illinois Stewardship Alliance Rodger Cooley of Chicago Food Policy Action Council Sean Ruane …

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Protecting Soil Health in Illinois

In the 11th installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, IEC will be joined by Kris Reynolds from American Farmland Trust and Bruce Henrikson from the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation Districts to discuss ways we can protect our soil, prevent nutrient loss and programs that farmers can use to improve soil quality. Find …

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Growing Your Own Food & Gardening

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email In the second edition of IEC’s Lunch and Learn Series, we are joined by Right to Garden advocate Nicole Virgil (YouTube.com/RightToGarden); Viviana Gentry Fernandez-Pellon, Programs Director at Advocates for Urban Agriculture; Master Gardener Kathy Steffen; and State Representative Sonya Harper. Check out Nicole’s …

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Illinois’ 2020 Enviro Legislative Agenda

During this session, IEC focused on demonstrating public support for the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) and addressing ethylene oxide pollution.

Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill Redefining ‘Local Food’

New law positions local businesses for success SPRINGFIELD, IL — On Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation redefining what shall be considered “local” food in the state of Illinois, making it easier for Illinois-based food producers and manufacturers to compete for state procurement contracts that prioritize “local foods.”  Prior to the governor …

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2018 Session in Review

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned on May 31st after passing a budget, which was signed by Governor Rauner the morning of June 4th. Read our budget update to learn more about the benefits to environmental programs of the fiscal year 2019 budget. The General Assembly likely will not meet again until after the election for …

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FY19 Budget and the Environment

This week, the General Assembly took steps to move forward a comprehensive budget for Fiscal Year 2019. As we are still dealing with the damage caused to environmental programs and our natural areas by the record-setting budget impasse, it’s vital that a sound budget is in place for our work growing clean jobs, conserving open spaces, and protecting …

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