Illinois (ECWd) -
The Illinois Legislature will be back in session next week and we understand a massive Energy Bill is being put together that will impact the citizens in Illinois in ways never imagined just a few years ago. We have been told the current stack of new laws in that bill is over 900 pages.
While we have yet to put our eyes on the bill being put together, it's possible that one directly impacting a county government's local control regarding wind energy may find its way into the final bill.
Senate Bill 2896 - CONSUMERS & CLIMATE FIRST ACT - Chief Sponsor Senator Celina Villanueva-(Cook County) - Biography: Born in Chicago and raised in Little Village. Full-time state legislator. Former Civic & Youth Engagement Manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Bachelor’s degree in Latino/a Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Community organizer and avid reader.
The bill strips the County Government of control regarding wind farm setback distances and would be devastating to rural communities if passed. As of publication, her bill is stuck in Assignments and has no co-sponsors. There is no assurance the language in her bill won't find its way into the massive Energy Bill that is being put together as we type. How special is it that a Senator in Cook County wants to strip county government's control of wind farm setbacks? Special because she never has to be concerned with the wind generators being placed in her backyard.
We urge everyone to contact State Senators and State Representatives state-wide to include the leaders of the parties and voice their opinions with them. We also urge everyone to contact the Governor as well.
- Senate Members page - click on their names to obtain contact information
- State Representatives page - click on their name to obtain contact information
- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker
- Senate President
- House Speaker
- Democrat Senate leaders
- Republican Senate Leaders
- Democrat House Leaders
- Republican House Leaders
We will continue to monitor the Energy Bill being put together and as soon as we have the complete language we will publish it.