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Renewable Energy plan clears Illinois Senate Committee

harmon-renew-energyA plan sponsored by state Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and backed by the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is moving in the Senate. Dubbed the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, the package is expected to create an average of 32,000 good-paying jobs per yearinvesting in solar power, wind energy and increased energy efficiency.

“We owe it to our children and grandchildren to protect the Earth. That means we have to use energy more efficiently and to start using more renewable energy,” Harmon said. “More immediately, we can create good jobs across the state. Illinois has tremendous potential to grow its solar and wind energy industries, training people for jobs that will be needed far into the foreseeable future.”

Hutchinson makes the case for paid sick time

hutchinson-sickpaySPRINGFIELD – Illinois would become the fourth state to require paid sick time for employees under a proposal heard today in the Senate Executive Committee.

“Far too many Illinoisans are living paycheck to paycheck, unable to miss even one day of work,” sponsor State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “One illness, one accident or one emergency situation could mean choosing between their well-being or putting food on the table.”

Students visit Capitol for Illinois Cooperative Youth Day (VIDEO)

AEIC2015Each year, the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives, along with the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, host Youth Day. Juniors in high school from across Illinois come together to meet their legislators and spend the day touring Springfield landmarks.

Students get the opportunity to learn more about state government and gain a better understanding of what legislators do at the Capitol. They also get to meet legislators and ask them questions about their roles in government.

Youth Day ends with students being given the chance to compete for an all-expense-paid weeklong trip to Washington, D.C.

Biss wants to protect your private information

biss-id-theftLegislation passed out of committee today that will keep identity and personal information safer in Illinois. This identity protection legislation requires companies that experience a data breach that could lead to identity theft to report to the Attorney General so that company can be listed on a website that lists data breaches in Illinois.

“Knowing our most personal and important information is safe and confidential is one of the most basic protections we should all be afforded in the 21st century,” said Senator Biss (D – Evanston). “Through this new safeguard law and others like it, Illinois would become a safer environment for families and consumers.”

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