IDNR has presented us with the rules supposedly enforcing that law. Yet, the Dept., whose mission and job it is to protect the environment and resources, wrote rules which don’t even encompass the entire law, with absurdly low penalties, which would be laughable, if they weren’t serious.
It makes me wonder, just who wrote these rules? And with whose input? It looks as if gas and oil industry people were allowed to influence the IDNR, which is supposed to be a public agency.
So you’d think that Congress would want to take steps to ease the pain of commuting, perhaps by diverting drivers to public transit, which alleviates traffic and helps the environment. Through this year, Americans have been able to set aside up to $245 a month in pretax money for use on public transit. (That includes commuter rail, subways, buses, […]
The Democratic and Republican parties are waging economic war on working Americans, the unemployed, students, and veterans, said Green Party leaders and candidates on New Years Day 2014. Greens hoped that 2014 would be the year that Americans realize that the two corporate-money parties are causing the erosion of the middle class and driving poor people into destitution and desperation.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources proposed regulations to implement the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act recently passed by the Illinois legislature. The proposed regulations are riddled with loopholes and omissions literally large enough to drive the fracking trucks through. You have though January 3, 2014, to submit a comment online to help get tighten up these regulations.
Following the passage of a fracking law by the Democrat-controlled legislature and Democratic governor, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently began a series of hearings on its proposed fracking administrative rules, which flesh out the finer details of how fracking will be regulated in the state. The last hearing will be held tonight in Carbondale, 6-8 p.m., at the SIU Student Center.
When details emerged about the Democrat-sponsored pension legislation (S.B. 1) that passed the Illinois General Assembly earlier this week, Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, summed up the thoughts of many public employees: “We call it theft.” But the theft does not affect everyone equally. Middle-aged workers and those close to retirement age will take a quite a hit, no doubt. But the younger you are, the worse this bill is for you [...]
Now that we have the largest unfunded pension liability in the United States, much of the corporate media in this state have taken to blaming the workers for the problem, spreading the lie that their pension benefits are too “generous,” when in fact they are extremely modest compared to other states, workers pay their fair share into the system and often lose Social Security benefits as part of the price for receiving them. This is actually part of an ongoing attack on middle-income working people by Wall Street and certain financial interests…
Democrats in both houses of the General Assembly passed pension reform (SB 1) that punishes public employees for years of overspending by said Democrats. Governor Pat Quinn, also a Democrat, has vowed to sign the legislation. We Are One Illinois, a coalition of public employee unions, released this statement, which says it all: “This is […]
Tired of hearing that Illinois is broke, that we’re living beyond our means, that we need to cut pensions and public services, and that there’s no other choice? There are better answers. Listen to Rich Whitney, attorney and former Illinois Green Party candidate for governor, tell the other side of the story. Sponsored by Drinking […]
The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) recently added insult to injury by giving State Rep. John Bradley, Democratic representative from the 114th District, a perfect score of 100 percent on its “environmental scorecard” for 2013…That’s the insult. The injury was inflicted earlier this year, when Bradley led the effort to pass a so-called “regulatory” bill that will now permit “fracking” – horizontal hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas – in Illinois.