This bill removes the legal mandate requiring the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO) to provide coal education for Illinois children
Illinois state law currently requires the development of a coal education program for our state’s children? Hard to believe, but at a time when our state is under severe financial pressure and science is telling us that we need to move away from fossil fuels, a little-known law called the “Illinois Coal Technology Development and Assistance Act” requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to use tax dollars to produce and distribute coal educational materials for our kids.
In 2011 environmental organizations began a campaign to call for an end to the program, which included:
In 2012 the DCEO paid $116,000 for a professional evaluation of the coal education program that concluded the program needs to be revised and updated. We have a better idea. Let’s put an end to the program now. We think that there are better uses for our public funds.
State Representative Deborah Conroy (46th District) is sponsoring HB5660 that will amend the Coal Technology Development and Assistance Act, eliminating the mandate for “coal education”. Use the letter below to send a note directly to your legislator. Be sure to personalize it with information on why you think this program should be ended. Changing the subject line is particularly effective. Here is a fact sheet if you'd like to add more information.
This action alert is hosted by the Illinois Environmental Council for the Eco-Justice Collaborative.