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‘Spring was dry, summer was humid and hot, and fall was weird’: Some surprising swings in 2021

By Morgan Greene Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans , Chicago Tribune

From extreme winter cold in the early months of 2021 to record-breaking warmth that heated fall nights, the year included events emblematic of the state’s changing climate, and some surprising swings that served as a reminder of Midwest weather variability.

01/03/22
                                                               

Illinois needs interstate competition, not in-state monopoly, to lower electricity costs

By Donald Kochan Photo: Scott Olson , Getty Images

The mandate in 2021 energy legislation requires utilities to increase the amount of in-state renewable energy they purchase. It makes no sense to geographically restrict where utilities purchase energy from.

12/29/21
                                                               

Three big natural gas plants would wipe out climate gains from recent shutdowns of coal-fired plants in Illinois

By Michael Hawthorne Photo: Erin Hooley , Chicago Tribune

Two weeks after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law billed as the nation’s most aggressive mandate for clean energy, the Chicago Democrat’s administration tentatively approved a major new source of heat-trapping pollution.

12/28/21
                                                               

Illinois falls behind federal goal to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into its waterways

By Morgan Greene Photo: Unsplash , CC0 Public Domain

Hundreds of miles south of Chicago, decomposing algae in the Gulf of Mexico makes life so perilous for fish they swim away—or die.

12/23/21
                                                               

Inside Clean Energy: Here Are 5 States that Took Leaps on Clean Energy Policy in 2021

By Dan Gearino Photo: Scott Olson , Getty Images

It’s understandable if people are feeling dour during this unseasonably warm December when, once again, the U.S. Congress has failed to pass major climate legislation.

12/23/21
                                                               

Illinois — a major feeder to the Gulf of Mexico dead zone — falls behind federal goal to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into its waterways

By Morgan Greene Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans , Chicago Tribune

Hundreds of miles south of Chicago, decomposing algae in the Gulf of Mexico makes life so perilous for fish they swim away — or die.

12/20/21
                                                               

Consumer Utility Board issues warning about Ameren Illinois rate increase

By Shepard Price Photo: Anton Petrus , Getty Images

On Monday, Dec. 13, the Illinois Commerce Commission approved by a vote of 4-1 a $57,609,000 formula rate hike for Ameren Illinois. The delivery increase is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

12/16/21
                                                               

Illinois Shows Us What the Road to Clean Energy Should Look Like

By Courtney Lindwall Photo: Archigeek , Flickr

Here’s how a formidable clean energy coalition helped pass the most equitable climate legislation in the country—and developed a blueprint for other states to follow.

12/02/21
                                                               

Pritzker’s energy policy promises 40% renewable power by 2030. But Illinois has fallen short of earlier targets.

By Dan Petrella Photo: Brian Cassella , Chicago Tribune

Gov. J.B. Pritzker hailed the energy policy overhaul he signed last month as a “giant leap forward” in addressing Illinois’ contributions to climate change, a sentiment echoed by many environmental advocates and other supporters.

10/12/21
                                                               

Americans may soon pay more for milk, cheese as rising heat stresses livestock

By Dana Cronin

Farmers across the U.S. are struggling to keep their livestock cool enough amid rising temperatures and dangerous heat caused by climate change. As Illinois Public Media’s Dana Cronin reports, livestock producers are searching for ways to keep their animals safe.

09/28/21