3:44 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Committee Gives Okay To New Fracking Rules

Credit Illinois DNR

A fracking law passed in 2013 could soon finally take effect in Illinois -- it's expected drillers will find oil and gas in southern Illinois. A bipartisan legislative committee gave its okay to a revised set of regulations.

The long wait is an indication of how controversial hydraulic fracturing is; supporters hail its opportunity to spur economic growth while environmentalists decry the potential damage it may cause.

Passing a law was supposed to be the hard part, but the two sides came to a compromise. It's over the details since that they've departed.

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4:30 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Illinois Fracking Rules Delayed Until November


An Illinois legislative committee delayed voting on hydraulic fracturing rules until November.

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NPR Story
5:02 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fracking Rules Action Delayed; Could Be A Sign Of Revision

Activists opposed to fracking in Illinois gather at the state capitol rotunda, prior to passage of the 2013 law.

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 4:31 pm

It will be at least another month before legislators take up regulations of hydraulic fracturing. The Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, or JCAR -- a bipartisan panel -- voted Tuesday to spend more time reviewing, and potentially rewriting, them.

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6:26 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Manufacturers' Association: Fracking A Southern Illinois Issue

Credit Illinois DNR

A coalition of labor unions and members of the oil industry is asking Illinois lawmakers to step back in the fracking process. 

State officials are still working on the rules to govern hydraulic fracturing.

Environmentalists criticized DNR's first version. The pro-fracking group GROW is upset about the second draft.

Jim Watson heads the Illinois Petroleum Council. He says Illinois is losing an opportunity to bring in energy companies.

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Nation's toughest?
6:26 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Fracking Standards Now Law In Illinois


Governor Pat Quinn says he has signed into law the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking" – while unlocking the potential for thousands of jobs. 

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5:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

What's Left? Pensions, Guns, And Same-Sex Marriage

Credit Illinois Public Radio / Chris Slaby

Illinois has the worst funded pension system in the nation, and lawmakers have until tonight to do something about it. 

The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn by midnight.  After that, it requires extra votes to get legislation to the governor's desk.  Pensions are not the only thing left. 

Recent Statehouse Action:

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Hydraulic Fracturing
4:43 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Agreement Reached On "Fracking" Package

Tom Wolf
Credit Illinois Chamber

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 Energy Council.

"At the end of the day I think we've found what I would call the regulatory sweet spot." - Tom Wolf

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5:09 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Lawmakers Reach Deal on "Fracking"

Credit U.S. Dept. of Energy/NETL

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.

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4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules

Representative John Bradley of Marion, announces an agreement to regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as “fracking.” Business groups and environmentalists stand behind him in support of the proposal.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois. 

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