The Majority Report 03/04/19 - Castro, Koehler introduce green energy plan


Castro, Koehler introduce green energy plan

Sen. Cristina Castro

State Senators Cristina Castro and Dave Koehler have introduced a plan to increase renewable energy development throughout Illinois, they announced last week.

“We don’t have time to waste. We have an impending threat to our homes and lives,” Castro (D-Elgin) said. “This measure will give our state the chance to become a leader in green energy, and I don’t want to pass that up.”

The plan seeks to promote jobs and economic opportunity to minority and disadvantaged communities and also puts goals in place for Illinois to work toward becoming 100 percent dependent on renewable energy by 2050.

“If we don’t do anything to reduce our carbon emissions, we are eventually going to reach the point of no return,” Koehler (D-Peoria) said. “This legislation will keep Illinois on track to be the nation’s clean energy powerhouse while training our workforce for the future.” Continue reading.


Cullerton talks budget on Chicago Tonight

Senate President John J. Cullerton

Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposed budget for Illinois is a refreshing mix of new, specific ideas that stand in stark contrast to the policies of his predecessor, Senate President John J. Cullerton said during an appearance last week on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.

Cullerton was on alongside Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady to discuss the governor’s proposal and what happens next.

Cullerton pointed out that the tough choices made in Pritzker’s first budget are designed stabilize the state's finances while an effort is underway to overhaul Illinois' outdated tax system.

Pritzker promised to deliver that overhaul during his campaign. That change requires lawmakers agreeing to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2020 for voters to have the ultimate say on whether to stick with the status quo or change to a system more in line with what other states utilize.


Murphy: Time for the tollway board to start fresh

Sen. Laura Murphy

State Senator Laura Murphy reacted last week after the governor announced a new board of directors for the Illinois Toll Highway Authority Board.

“It’s time for the tollway to start anew,” Murphy (D-Des Plaines) said. “With new directors and Gov. Pritzker’s leadership, I hope to see more transparency and accountability from the board. I am looking forward to a board who embraces these ideals and restores the public trust in the Tollway Authority. I am excited to see what this new chapter has in store.”

For months, Murphy has been vocal about the disturbing practices of the prior board and was part of a unanimous vote by the Illinois State Senate for a measure to eliminate the current board, allowing the governor to re-fill those vacancies. Continue reading.




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