Environmental activists are ramping up advocacy efforts against hydraulic
fracturing, commonly called “fracking”. Meanwhile, the Illinois House Executive
Committee passed a regulatory compromise bill Tuesday and the full chamber is expected to take up the legislation any day now.
The oil and gas drilling technology, according to the bill’s opponents, is unsafe and damages the environment.
But as the bill makes its way through the Illinois General Assembly,
drilling companies have already leased land in Southern
Illinois — reportedly about half a million acres around the New
Albany Shale rock formation, according to the Star-Telegram.
“Fracking is not safe, it
destroys communities; it endangers our water supply; it is not safe for
the workers; and it is not an enriched fuel,” said Melody Lamar, a
member of Illinois People’s Action. “I’m so sickened by what I’ve seen
from our legislators.”
Although the Chicago Board of Ed voted to close 50 schools among other school actions yesterday, education activists say the fight against the Chicago Public Schools' plan will continue.
Tonight, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is holding an education session to train individuals on how to be deputy registrars and get people the voter rolls. This is part of a CTU initiative to get 100,000 new voters registered as a means to change the leadership in city hall.
And earlier today, hearing dates for the two lawsuits filed last week against the school closings were set, with the first date being July 18.
Reforming the sugar program in the nation's farm bill would make U.S. manufacturers more competitive and reduce prices for consumers, said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-sponsor of an amendment to revamp the system.
The amendment, S. 345, did not seek to eliminate the program. Instead, it aimed to reform restrictions on imports as well as subsidies for sugar growers, along with other changes. But the Senate rejected the amendment by a 45-54 vote
been hearing a lot of talk about the need to protect America’s sugar
farmers, but what we haven’t heard is that sugar remains the most
tightly controlled commodity market in this country,” Shaheen said during floor discussion in the Senate Wednesday. “We
currently have an outdated ... program that offers a sweet deal to a small
group of sugar growers and processors at the expense of too many other
American businesses and at the expense of American consumers.”
As the Illinois General Assembly continues to wrestle with passing concealed carry legislation by their court-imposed deadline, the House bill introduced Wednesday by State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) passed a committee vote today. The bill, SB 2193, whizzed through the House Judiciary Committee by a 13-3 vote. The legislation is now headed for a full House vote.
The bill could face opposition, though, as some lawmakers say the legislation is not restrictive enough and limits the power of local governments.
Energy was high outside the Chicago Board of Education meeting
Wednesday morning as education activists, union members, teachers,
students and parents gathered in anticipation of a vote that could close
a staggering amount of schools across the Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
“All I keep hearing is ‘we’re doing this for the
kids,’ but there’s not been one iota of a discussion about the
educational plan,” said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers
Union (CTU), said as she arrived for the meeting.