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Chicago gets failing grade for ozone air pollution from American Lung Association

By Stacey Baca

A new report from the American Lung Association gives the Chicago area a failing grade when it comes to some types of air pollution. Officials from the organization said the city ranks in their top 25 most polluted cities.


Illinois offers $4,000 incentive to electric vehicle buyers

By YCC Team Photo: Velin Simeonov

The Biden administration has set a goal that half of all new cars sold in the U.S. will be electric by 2030, and many states are creating plans to encourage drivers to make the switch.


Rooftop Gardens Can Help Alleviate Heat in Cities, Study Finds

By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

If you’ve even spent a summer in the city and been able to relate to the song of the same name then you know the feeling of wanting to escape the heat by sitting in a patch of cool grass under the shade of a tree.


‘Last Gasp for Coal’ Saw Illinois Plants Crank up Emission-Spewing Production Last Year

By Brett Chase and Dan Gearino Photo: Scott Olson , Getty Images

When Illinois lawmakers decided last year to ban most coal-burning power plants by 2030, it was because their harmful effects were well known.


Following Climate-Equitable Jobs Act, Illinois Sees High Growth in Solar Projects

By Ariana Fine

Five months after the passage of Illinois’ landmark clean energy law, solar businesses have installed enough renewable energy to power 30,000 homes and are building a more diverse workforce with the help of job training programs.


A Bigger Tent Delivers Stronger Wins for Climate: The Lesson From Illinois

By Sarah Spengeman

The state’s recently passed Climate and Equitable Jobs Act offers a model for other states to build coalitions to help communities and the planet.


Illinois tops the list, demonstrating national leadership in green building

By Deisy Verdinez

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the ranking of its annual Top 10 States for LEED, with Illinois once again topping the list and demonstrating leadership in green building. Illinois certified 3.16 square feet of building space per person under LEED in 2021. LEED is the world’s most widely used green building program and was created by USGBC as a leadership standard defining best practices for healthy, high-performing green buildings.


Electricity Regulation With Equity & Justice For All

By Kiran Julin

Poring over the line items on your monthly electricity bill may not sound like an enticing way to spend an afternoon, but the way electricity bills are structured has a significant impact on equitable energy access and distribution. For example, fixed fees can have a disproportionate impact on low-income households. And combined with other factors, low-income households and households of color are far more likely to report losing home heating service, according to recent federal data.


Bill would require new residential buildings in Illinois to accommodate EV charging Read more at:

By Grace Kinnicutt Photo: Derik Holtmann , BND

A measure before the General Assembly would require new and renovated residential or commercial buildings to set aside parking spaces that could easily be converted into electric vehicle charging station ….


Illinois just experienced one of its warmest Decembers on record

By Dana Cronin Photo: Reginald Hardwick , Illinois Newsroom

According to provisional data, December 2021 was the fifth warmest December on record. The average statewide temperature was 39.4 degrees Fahrenheit – more than nine degrees above average.