Are you ready to get on the bus for Advocacy Day? If you haven’t already done so, please register today to travel with us to the Illinois State Capitol to advocate for environmental justice.
Advocacy Day Info Packet
Click here to view the packet of information provided to all Advocacy Day participants. It covers information such as:
- Why we lobby
- How to lobby
- Fact sheets with detailed information about the bills we are prioritizing
- Elevator pitches about the bills
- Maps of the capitol building and offices
- …and more!
Updated 2018 Advocacy Day Priorities
Clean Energy – Fight Against Taxpayer-funded Coal Bailouts – Say NO to HB5134 (Chapa LaVia) | SB3292 (Clayborne, Jr.) Illinois should prioritize clean energy and the success of the Future Energy Jobs Act. Legislators should oppose an effort by Dynegy to raise rates on families and small businesses in Central and Southern Illinois which would pay to keep these dirty coal-fired power plants open. These bills would cause continued pollution and health impacts for frontline communities.
Endangered Species – Oppose Weakening of Endangered Species Board – Vote NO on HB5293
This legislation jeopardizes endangered species by weakening the expert composition of the Endangered Species Protection Board, by designating two seats to special interests. In addition, this would remove the ability of IDNR to permit the incidental taking of federal species, tying the state to any wildlife protection rollbacks made by the federal government.
Stop Federal Rollbacks of Environment & Worker Safety Laws – SB2213(Biss)/HB1438 (Stratton)
This bill aims to preserve the status quo for Illinois’ current safeguards at this time of great uncertainty at the federal level. The Illinois Baseline Protection Act would prevent the weakening of any current Illinois standard below the federal standard already in place.
Clean Water -Providing Clean Water for All – HB5044 (Unes) /SB3080 (Steans)
It is estimated that 1/8 of all lead service lines in the country are found here in Illinois. This bill would require municipalities and private water utilities to replace all lead service lines in 10 years, with a focus on high priority areas and sound water infrastructure practices. In addition, this bill helps reduce the long-term costs of providing water service, by requiring proactive maintenance, repair, and replacement of system components like leaking pipes that are costing consumers substantial money throughout Illinois and establishes protections for low-income water ratepayers.
Conservation– Standing for Justice – HB5119 (Andersson) / SB3005 (Raoul)
Through an appellate court decision in 2010, neighbors to a livestock operation did not have standing to challenge the improper issuance of a permit. Several other decisions since this one have ruled that citizens do not have standing to challenge improperly issued permits to polluting facilities. This bill amends the Illinois Administrative Review Act with regard to certain environmental permits to give impacted citizens standing to have their day in court to protect their health, property and other interests.
Voting Reform – Voter Access and Education in Illinois Jails – HB4469 (Stratton)
A coalition initiative led by ACLU of Illinois, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Chicago Votes, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Illinois PIRG and League of Women Voters
HB 4469 requires county jails and election authorities to collaborate to create a process that allows for voting by pre-trial detainees. Under this bill counties, over 3 million would provide in-person voting, and counties under 3 million would provide an opportunity for absentee voting. HB4469 ensures that a “know
your voting rights” pamphlet is given to everyone released from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Folks who are
released will also receive a voter registration form to ensure they are added back to the voter rolls.