Castro, Bennett speak at clean energy rally

castro 050919SPRINGFIELD– State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) and State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) joined advocates from the Illinois Environmental Council, Illinois Sierra Club and Faith in Place at their annual lobby day and rally at the Capitol on Thursday.

Castro and Bennett have both worked closely with these groups on legislation that would move Illinois toward a greener future.

Castro is spearheading legislation that would create the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which would put goals in place for Illinois to work toward becoming 100 percent dependent on renewable energy by 2050. This measure would also promote jobs and economic opportunities for minority and disadvantaged communities.

“We don’t have time to waste. This measure will give our state the chance to become a leader in green energy, and I don’t want to pass that up,” Castro said. “This bill is not just about making sure Illinois gets 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. It’s also about making sure that 100 percent of Illinois shares in the benefits of clean energy.”

bennett 050919 2Bennett, who has been an avid listener and leader for environmental groups, is co-sponsoring the Clean Energy Jobs Act. He is also the sponsor of Senate Bill 9, the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, which would provide a framework for closing toxic coal ash sites and adequately protecting communities.

 “In recent years, Illinois passed the Future Energy Jobs Act, the greatest clean energy breakthrough in the state’s history, which is creating thousands of jobs in every part of Illinois, saving consumers money on their bills and taking action to combat the threat of climate change,” Bennett said. “But, we can’t stop there. This will allow us to build upon FEJA and continue to build healthier communities with clean energy and access to good jobs.”

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Senate District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Commerce and Economic Development; Energy and Public Utilities; Labor; Revenue (Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Vice-Chairperson); Government Accountability/Pensions (Chairperson); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com..

Associated Representative(s):
Anna Moeller
Fred Crespo