Fracking http://northernpublicradio.org en Fracking Standards Now Law In Illinois http://northernpublicradio.org/post/fracking-standards-now-law-illinois <p>Governor Pat Quinn says he has signed into law the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking" – while unlocking the potential for thousands of jobs.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:26:35 +0000 Susan Stephens & Amanda Vinicky 31638 at http://northernpublicradio.org Fracking Standards Now Law In Illinois What's Left? Pensions, Guns, And Same-Sex Marriage http://northernpublicradio.org/post/whats-left-pensions-guns-and-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>Illinois has the worst funded pension system in the nation, and lawmakers have until tonight to do something about it.&nbsp;</p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369990401945_14483"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369990401945_14481">The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn by midnight.&nbsp; After that, it requires extra votes to get legislation to the governor's desk. &nbsp;Pensions are not the only thing left.&nbsp; </span></p><p>Recent Statehouse Action:</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:17:54 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 30719 at http://northernpublicradio.org What's Left? Pensions, Guns, And Same-Sex Marriage Agreement Reached On "Fracking" Package http://northernpublicradio.org/post/agreement-reached-fracking-package <p></p><p>After several stumbles, an agreement has been reached on how to regulate "fracking" in Illinois. An Illinois House committee could vote on the package Thursday. Tom Wolf heads the Illinois Chamber of Commerce <a href="http://ilchamber.org/policy-councils/energy/" target="_blank">Energy Council</a>.</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;">"At the end of the day I think we've found what I would call the regulatory sweet spot."</span> - Tom Wolf</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 09:43:55 +0000 WNIJ 29947 at http://northernpublicradio.org Agreement Reached On "Fracking" Package Lawmakers Reach Deal on "Fracking" http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-reach-deal-fracking <p class="yiv38275438MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1363337512938_5657"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1363337512938_5656" style="font-size:10.0pt;">Illinois legislators say they've reached a deal on the taxes and fees companies that use hydraulic fracturing must pay the state. It was the last major stumbling block of an agreement on how to regulate the oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking.</span></p><p></p><p class="yiv38275438MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1363337512938_5657"> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:09:11 +0000 WNIJ 26915 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lawmakers Reach Deal on "Fracking" Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-environmentalists-and-gas-industry-agree-fracking-rules <p></p><p>Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:46:13 +0000 Brian Mackey & WNIJ 25850 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules