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A third of the food we produce is thrown away. An app is trying to change that by connecting consumers to extra food at a bargain price.

By Maya Mokh Photo: Terrance Antonio James , Chicago Tribune
At the end of a given day, restaurants, markets and other food stores often have leftover food that is still perfectly good, but can no longer be sold the next day. That food often gets…

State, federal efforts too late to save Exelon’s Illinois nuclear plants, CEO Crane says

By Lulia Gheorghiu Photo: Christopher Peterson
Exelon Generation has two Illinois nuclear plants slated for shutdown and decommissioning this fall, despite recent federal proposals for both a tax credit and a fund for existing nuclear plants, and rising power prices in…

NOAA, Chicago partner on climate plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

With help from NOAA, a caucus of Chicago’s metropolitan mayors released today one of the first regional climate plans in the United States. It calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from 2005…

A Battle Between a Great City and a Great Lake

By Dan Egan Photo: Lyndon French
In the search for ­­­­­a big-city refuge from climate change, Chicago looks like an excellent option. At least, it does on a map. It stands a half-continent away from the threat of surging ocean levels.…

Energy policy overhaul that would close coal, bail out nuclear plants stalls in Illinois Senate

By Sophia Tareen
Legislators returned to Springfield to take up a massive overhaul of energy policy that includes a bailout for nuclear plants and closing coal-fired plants, but negotiations stalled Tuesday. Proposals on energy are outstanding following a…

Lawmakers urge governor to reconsider closing power plants

By Kevin Bessler Photo: AP Photo/Robert Ray, file
A bipartisan group of 52 Illinois lawmakers is urging Gov. JB Pritzker not to prematurely close not-for-profit coal-fired power plants, warning such a move would raise utility bills and eliminate jobs. They are asking that…

As legislature reconvenes, Illinois is poised to become the first state in the Midwest to ban coal-burning power plants

By Michael Hawthorne Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune
Illinois, one of the nation’s largest producers of coal, is on the verge of becoming the first Midwest state to ban energy companies from burning the lung-damaging, climate-changing fossil fuel to generate electricity.

Illinois stakeholders still hopeful on clean energy deal — but will it come soon enough for solar companies?

By Kari Lydersen Photo: Garrison Riegel
A demand to exempt a coal plant from emission caps helped to scuttle consensus on an ambitious Illinois energy bill, but lawmakers vow to reconvene if a deal is struck again. Illinois stakeholders still hopeful…

Developer of crypto mining site in Illinois begins transition to solar power use

By Ivan Shumkov
Sangha Systems, the developer of an 82-MW cryptocurrency mining facility in Illinois, is taking the first steps to migrate its electricity consumption towards renewable energy. The company said on Thursday that it has signed a…

Climate versus jobs? Not in this heartland state.

By Stephanie Hanes Photo: Alfredo Sosa
For five generations, Andrew Bowman’s family has worked the land in Oneida, population 700-ish – a flat and fertile swath of Illinois his father always said was good for growing crops and kids. Today, he…