The Faith in Place Action Fund invited all candidates for the Illinois Gubernatorial Primary Race to sit down with the Board of Directors and discuss their positions on climate change, water justice, food justice, job creation, and a just economy.
Join us for a rally and the opportunity to educate your elected officials on the importance of promoting environmental justice in our state.
Sign up here to reserve your seat on a bus departing from one of many locations throughout the state!
The cost is $30 per person and includes a T-shirt ($15 for Champaign/Urbana). Free tickets are available on the sign-up page if you are unable to afford a ticket at this time.
Please be sure to bring a reusable water bottle and lunch, and wear comfortable shoes for walking around the capitol building.
More information on specific legislation that we will be lobbying for will be coming soon.
Buses will depart from locations across Illinois, including Chicago Loop, Chicago South Side, Waukegan, Schaumburg, River Forest, and Urbana.
The State of Illinois just passed a budget!
Going without a full budget for 736 days has had devastating impacts on our state. Passing a budget is a step in the right direction for healing education, social services, public health, and economic and environmental justice.
Thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens like you, state legislators heard loud and clear from their constituents about protecting the Renewable Energy Resources Fund (RERF) dollars (raised from electric utility bills, not taxes) for the Illinois Solar for All Program.
We are happy to report that NONE of the RERF money was swept in the budget!
The Solar for All Program will now be able to provide a critical environmental justice focus in the transition to a green economy. Training programs and job incentives for hiring 2,000 returning citizens and alumni of the foster care system in good-paying solar jobs can now be implemented.
Please send a message to your state legislators thanking them for protecting this vital funding and/or letting them know that you support it:
Thank you – your efforts to connect with your elected officials make a difference!
I’m at the State Capitol building in Springfield today as our state legislators are currently meeting for a special session.
I urgently need your help.
Earlier this month, both the Senate and the House overwhelmingly passed environmental justice resolutions that support funding for the Illinois Solar for All program – a breakthrough new program created by the Future Energy Jobs Act that would create job training programs and expand access to solar energy and solar jobs to economically disadvantaged communities.
However, a budget proposal by Senate Republicans – and endorsed by Gov. Rauner – would sweep every penny of the $185 million designated for the Illinois Solar for All program. [Read more…]
Yesterday afternoon, the Faith in Place Action Fund was pleased to welcome clergy and community leaders along with Reps. Harper, Mitchell, Slaughter, & Welch, and Kelly Evans on behalf of Sen. Hutchinson, to discuss next steps for enacting an environmental justice agenda in Illinois. [Read more…]
Much of our excitement surrounding the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) – groundbreaking energy legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly in December 2016 – was based on the creation of the Illinois Solar for All Program. [Read more…]
Clean energy legislative champions and Action Fund members joined us for a luncheon at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago today! Together we are working for an Environmental Justice Agenda in Illinois that includes clean energy jobs and training programs for returning citizens and foster care alumni. [Read more…]
Get on the bus to Springfield – Register Here
The past two years, people have traveled by bus from all across the state to rally at the Illinois State Capitol on Earth Day. And our efforts made a difference!
As the result of people like us making our voices heard, the Future Energy Jobs Law passed in December.
This landmark law creates significant investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and opportunities for all in the green economy. The newly-created Illinois Solar for All Program will provide job training initiatives to make available 2,000 clean energy jobs for persons with records and alumni of the foster care system.
In spite of this good news, your voice is still critically needed.
The Future Energy Jobs Law designates funding from the Renewable Energy Resources Fund (RERF) to enact the Illinois Solar for All Program. RERF funds are at risk for being “swept” away by the legislature for other purposes.
As a person of faith, your voice makes a difference in advocating for environmental justice and creating a healthier future for all communities. We need you to help us advocate that the dollars in the Renewable Energy Resources Fund be spent on the Solar for All Program.
You can make a difference by asking your elected officials to co-sponsor the Environmental Justice Resolution (HR0234/SR353) and by advocating that RERF dollars be used for the Illinois Solar for All Program.
In addition to goals from the Solar for All program, the electric utility serving northern Illinois (Commonwealth Edison) must spend $30 million through 2025 to train and apprentice new clean energy workers. Some of that money may be spent directly by ComEd, and some of it will flow to nonprofits. There is a goal to train 2,000 persons with records and alumni of the foster care system, who often face challenges to employment.
The Renewable Energy Resources Fund (RERF) was set up initially to invest in new renewable development and funded by alternative retail electric suppliers. Over the past several years, over $200 million was collected but only $30 million has been used for new renewable projects because of broken policy.
RERF funds are at risk for being “swept” away by the legislature for other purposes. These funds present an incredible opportunity to jumpstart renewable energy development for economically-challenged communities through the Illinois Solar for All Program, and should be used as they were intended for new renewable energy development.
As a person of faith, your voice makes a difference in advocating for environmental justice and creating a healthier future for all communities. We need you to help us advocate that the dollars in the Renewable Energy Resources Fund be spent on the Solar for All Program
We call for our state legislators to prioritize an Environmental Justice agenda by shaping policy that addresses the adverse and disproportionate impacts of climate change and other energy sector environmental damage upon communities of color and economically-disadvantaged communities.
We call for our state legislators to co-sponsor the Environmental Justice Resolution (HR0234/SR353) and to use RERF dollars for the Illinois Solar for All Program.