Bradshaw speaks out against fracking regulations

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.

GPUS: Dems, GOP are ‘waging war’ on working people, the jobless, students, and veterans

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.

Take Action: Submit a Public Comment on Fracking

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.

IL Dept. of Natural Resources holds final fracking hearing tonight

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.

Springfield’s Law: The Younger You Are, the More You Get Screwed

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 [...]

Whitney: Illinois pension crisis could be solved with a progressive tax system

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…