Before environmental lobbyists and legislators push a hydraulic fracking bill through the Illinois legislature, they need to sit down with farmers in Clinton County and learn how well regulations defended their water, farms and cankered lives from the contamination of coal slurry.
The proposal seeks preferential treatment from the legislature, creates an unlevel playing field with other statewide and local franchise holders, erodes municipal authority, and cuts funding and channels for public use.
Within hours of renowned climate scientists announcing a staggering milestone in carbon dioxide emissions, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn rolled out the booster wagons for Big Coal and celebrated his state's five-fold increase in record coal exports.
The number of U.S. cable TV subscribers decreased over the last decade. At the same time, the average monthly cable bill went up 84 percent. llinois welcomes healthy business partners. But Illinois residents need and deserve laws from the legislature that protect the public.