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**Illinois Clean Jobs Bill -- Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst
The League of Women Voters of Elmhurst, in partnership with the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition, presents information on the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill. Jen Walling, the Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council will discuss the federal Clean Power Plan, whose purpose is to reduce energy usage on the entire grid and the Illinois Clean Jobs bill, which is expected to bring environmental benefits, savings for consumers, and the creation of 32,000 new jobs in Illinois.
Jen Walling started as executive director of IEC in January of 2011. She lobbies on behalf of Illinois Environmental Council's nearly 70 member organizations on a wide range of issue. During her tenure, she has guided passage of legislation such as Illinois' ban on microbeads in personal care products, funding legislation for IDNR, recreation liability protection for landowners, numerous bills on recycling and composting, and numerous statewide policies. She previously worked as chief of staff to State Senator Heather Steans. Jen obtained her law degree and master's degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School in 2006, after gaining her undergraduate degree in NRES at the University of Illinois.
For more information on the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, click here.
**LWV Elmhurst Annual Meeting -- Tuesday, May 3
Manny's Ale House at 683 St. Charles Road (west of Rt. 83 formerly Elmhurst Public House)
Social time starts at 7. Meeting begins at 7:30.
Cash bar. Appetizers will be provided.
Please watch this space for more details.
Miss our December 3, 2015 Program Meeting?
On Thursday, December 3, our Regular Program Meeting, entitled Train Transporting Hazardous Substances, featured a discussion about hazardous materials being transported via rail through our yards, schools and playgrounds. Gerri Songer, a member of the Sierra Club Woods and Wetlands Group and contact for Energy Transport and Infrastructure, outlined the need for better regulations and more safety measures.
In May of 2014, Ms. Songer began attending Village meetings after seeing an increased presence of trains at all hours of the day and questioned what they were carrying. Through public records, she learned these trains were transporting toxic, hazardous, and explosive substances, and her research showed that many trains have met with accident and created hazardous runoff.
For those who missed the presentation, or for those who are otherwise interested, the program included a slide presentation, which can be found at the students4democracy.net website, and here. Ms. Songer also presented information on the Stop Fukushima Freeways campaign. You can learn more about the campaign and find a link to the full slide presentation by clicking here.
What's going on with other Local Leagues?
To view news from the Glen Ellyn League, the Naperville League, and the Wheaton League, go to their recent issues of their newsletters:
Glen Ellyn League's Winter 2016 edition of The Voter
Wheaton League's November 2015 issue of The Voter
Naperville League's link to its February 2016 newsletter, The Voter, can be found at http://naperville.il.lwv.org/files/february_2016_voter.pdf
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