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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:08pm
Mon Feb 9, 2015

New 'Clean Jobs' Coalition To Push For Stronger Illinois Energy Targets

Environmental and business groups launched an "Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition" last week as part of a push for new statewide standards around energy efficiency and renewable energy. Progress Illinois takes a look at the coalition's goals.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:31pm
Fri Jan 23, 2015

State Report Examines Potential Impact Of Exelon Illinois Nuclear Plant Closures

Progress Illinois takes a look at a recent study by four state agencies exploring how the state's economy and environment as well as electric prices, generation capacity and service reliability could be impacted if Exelon retires three of its six Illinois nuclear plants prematurely.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
2:56pm
Mon Nov 10, 2014

Should The State Legislature Boost Exelon's 'Economically Stressed' Nuclear Plants?

Chicago-based nuclear giant Exelon Corp. insists several of its Illinois power plants are in dire financial straits, and the company appears poised to request a legislative fix from state lawmakers next year to avoid closing facilities. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the issue.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
7:12pm
Tue Oct 2, 2012

Climate Change On The Election Backburner

Climate change is now a peripheral issue in American politics, mentioned elliptically by President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in their calls for clean energy investments. Meanwhile, the issue is almost nonexistent in the competitive Illinois races for Congress.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
12:29pm
Tue Mar 6, 2012

Halvorson’s Voting Record Recent Focus Of 2nd District Race (UPDATED)

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. enjoys a 54 percent to 32 percent lead against challenger Debbie Halvorson in Illinois’ 2nd District Congressional race, according to the latest poll by We Asked America.

Jackson has the endorsements of key Democratic Party leaders, from Barack Obama to Rahm Emanuel. The latest to endorse the 17-year congressman is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

The Jackson campaign has shaped discussion of the race lately by focusing on times in Congress when he voted differently than Halvorson, who served Illinois’ 11th District between January 2009 and January 2011.

Quick Hit
by Adam Doster
11:08am
Wed Feb 3, 2010

Kirk, Coal Country, And Cap-And-Trade

On his blog this morning, Politico's Ben Smith notes that Mark Kirk ran about 20 points below his statewide average in some of the leading coal-producing counties, losing votes to a low-performing southern Illinois-based candidate.

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