CPLC Members to Lawmakers: Pass CEJA Now

Clean Power Lake County activists urge Illinois lawmakers to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2020.
Dulce Ortiz, co-chair of Clean Power Lake County, and other Waukegan activists urge Illinois lawmakers to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2020.

Storms are becoming more intense. Sea levels are rising. Disastrous wildfires are destroying record acreage (2.5 million this year) and impairing air quality over multistate regions. Climate change and COVID-19 are causing unprecedented public health and economic crises. There is no time to wait for cleaner, healthier, more affordable energy.

And we don’t have to wait. The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) will create thousands of jobs in Illinois’ growing clean energy industry—without raising taxes or hiking utility rates. No wonder 82% of Illinois voters support CEJA, according to a May 2020 poll released by the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition. 

The thing is, Illinois lawmakers have yet to pass CEJA. So Dulce Ortiz, David Villalobos, and Eduardo Flores of Clean Power Lake County want to know: What is Gov. J.B. Pritzker waiting for?

CEJA will:

  • Put jobs and equity at the center of a clean energy future, creating well-paying jobs in the communities where they are needed the most
  • Guarantee cost savings on electricity bills for consumers through capacity market reform
  • Put Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2050 by taking advantage of the falling cost of wind and solar power and focusing on energy efficiency
  • Provide a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities
  • Reduce air and water pollution from the fossil fuel industry

As we approach the final legislative session of 2020, will you stand for clean energy, clean air, and clean water? Tell lawmakers that CEJA must take precedence in the November veto session: Sign our “Pass CEJA” petition today.

 

Free COVID Testing Station Opens in Waukegan

Illinois National Guard officer explains COVID-19 self-test
In an Illinois National Guard video posted on Facebook, an officer at the Waukegan testing station explains how to do the COVID-19 self-test.

A new drive-through COVID-19 testing site opened today at the vehicle emissions testing station at 2161 Northwestern Ave., Waukegan (southeast corner of Sunset and Northwestern avenues).  

Testing at this location will continue until further notice. The site is expected to be open seven days per week.

Testing facility details

  • Opening day: Sunday, May 3, 2020
  • Hours: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. or until 500 tests are completed
  • Location: 2161 Northwestern Ave., Waukegan
  • Cost: Free
  • Test results: within 4-7 days
  • More details in English
  • Mas detalles en Español

Illinois National Guard soldiers will conduct tests.

Links to government websites, news articles, and audio resources: CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: Helpful Resources