Report Grades Illinois Lawmakers On Environmental Votes

Aug 28, 2012

The scorecard was issued by the Illinois Environmental Council. The report says overall, each chamber of the General Assembly gets a rating of 68. Twelve lawmakers received a perfect score. 

The lawmakers were judged for their votes on more than a dozens pieces of legislation. The council's Jen Walling says most of the bills dealt with environmental issues on a smaller scale. But she says it was the largest number of bills the IEC has included in a single scorecard.

As for large-scale issues, Walling says the organization will continue to push for tougher regulations for activities related to hydraulic fracturing. That includes a proposed sand-mine near Starved Rock State Park.

"The Starved Rock sand mine has really the best sand that could be used for hydraulic fracturing. But this really isn't a great place to be putting a sand mine" Walling said.

This fall, Walling says they'll also push lawmakers to provide sustainable funding to the state Department of Natural Resources. The department has seen major cutbacks to its budget over the past decade.   

The scorecard was the first to be issued by the IEC in five years. The council says a lack of impactful legislation played a role in the gap between scorecards.