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Jimmy Seidita

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Task Force Drops the Ball; State Senate Votes to Open the Door for New Nuclear Plants in Illinois

Posted March 17, 2010 | 15:40:52 (EST)

On Monday, the state Senate voted on and passed a potentially catastrophic bill, despite getting no input from its own state task force, set up two years ago, that included gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady. The vote, to lift Illinois's current moratorium on new nuclear power plants, was to have been...

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Hamos, Quinn Top Green Slate

Posted January 27, 2010 | 10:43:22 (EST)

I early-voted this morning and was struck that, in the midst of so much political gloom and doom nationally, there were so many excellent environmental candidates to vote for this year, at the federal, state and local levels. I can't remember another year when there were so many...

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Thank You Mark Kirk For a Gutsy Vote

Posted June 30, 2009 | 15:00:15 (EST)

Buried deep below the headlines about the passing of The Gloved One was news of the passage Friday by the House of Representatives of what many are calling "The Most Important Environmental Bill in History."

Back in April I suggested on these pages that the most important, and...

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25 Easy Things One Hard Thing You Can Must Do to Save the Planet

Posted April 22, 2009 | 19:06:55 (EST)

April is indeed the cruelest month for environmental activists. Every year around Earth Day, newspapers, magazines, TV shows and Web sites run their annual "green" edition, inevitably filled with "easy tips for saving the planet," like changing light bulbs and re-using plastic bags. It's excruciating every year for serious envirowonks...

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Where Have You Gone Jacques Cousteau? Wangari Maathai Comes to Chicago

Posted April 17, 2009 | 14:44:56 (EST)

Who is the most famous environmentalist in the world? A pretty straightforward question, but there isn't one obvious person that comes to mind. There are movie stars and musicians associated with environmental causes, but they are famous for their art, and the causes are secondary. What does it say about...

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Ten Things to Consider Before we Start Building Nuclear Plants in Illinois Again

Posted March 30, 2009 | 13:39:43 (EST)

As lawmakers in Washington scramble to figure out how to avert the financial catastrophe caused by "toxic assets," our lawmakers in Springfield are preparing to vote on jumpstarting a new generation of the mother of all toxic assets, nuclear power plants.

With 11 operating and 3 closed plants, Illinois...

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Governor Quinn Should Appoint Laurene von Klan to MWRD Vacancy

Posted March 19, 2009 | 11:35:41 (EST)

Governor Quinn is off to a good start with the environmental aspects of his administration. He pleased conservation groups with his appointment of Marc Miller as the new head of the state Department of Natural Resources, reversing an 11th hour appointment by former Governor Blagojevich, and he has

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How to Green the 2016 Chicago Olympics

Posted August 19, 2008 | 19:40:27 (EST)

Like everyone else in Chicago watching the Beijing Olympic Games, I'm wondering how Chicago can pull off something like this in 2016. And I'm also wondering how it can be done in a way that minimizes damage to the lakefront and the air, and maximizes the ecological benefits. I'm also...

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