Deerfield - Governor Pat Quinn today signed the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Workplace Charging Challenge Pledge” which aims to increase the number of employers offering workplace electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2018. The Governor’s action will increase EV charging stations at state facilities, which will help reduce harmful emissions, improve the environment and protect our state’s natural resources.
“We are building a world-class infrastructure in Illinois and that includes making sure our vehicles are energy efficient,” Governor Quinn said. “This pledge will encourage employers across Illinois to consider the benefits of electric vehicles and help make Illinois a cleaner, healthier place to live and work.”
Oglesby - Governor Pat Quinn today announced the acquisition of a 51-acre parcel of land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park that will provide additional wildlife space and serve as a buffer to protect the park. The Governor also announced wildlife habitat land acquisition in Edgar, Woodford and Jackson Counties and improvement projects at state parks operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural areas and expand outdoor activities for the people of Illinois.
“Starved Rock State Park is one of our most beautiful natural areas, and this property acquisition will protect the land we have while increasing the space available for state park users to enjoy,” Governor Quinn said. “In addition, the investments in central, eastern and southern Illinois will greatly expand wildlife habitat in these regions and ensure that generations to come will be able to enjoy Illinois’ great outdoors.”
Chicago - Governor Quinn announced Stair Week at the kick-off of the 2nd Annual BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Conference on Monday, September 29th. The Governor encouraged the use of stairs instead of elevators, keeping with Illinois’ commitment to citizens’ health and well-being and a more sustainable, energy-efficient environment.
Schools, county health departments, businesses, and community organizations, such as the YMCA and United Way, strongly support Stair Week, recognizing its health benefits. Taking the stairs is safe and accessible exercise that helps individuals attain overall fitness which, in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and other diseases.
Chicago - Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3 million state investment in the Divvy bicycle-sharing program that will add 700 new bikes and 70 docking stations in Evanston, Oak Park and Chicago neighborhoods. The investment will be supported by an additional $750,000 from the three cities, enabling the popular bike-sharing program to expand and provide a green transportation option in the suburbs for the first time. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the environment and increase transportation opportunities for the people of Illinois.
“We’ve worked hard to make Illinois the most environmentally-friendly state in the nation and that includes boosting access to green transportation throughout our state,” Governor Quinn said. “The Divvy program has proven to be a successful and innovative way to commute, navigate congested city streets and explore vibrant Chicago communities. Expanding Divvy outside of the city limits mean fewer cars on the roads and gives more residents and visitors the fun opportunity to take a ride.”
Chicago - Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the innovative ‘Bus on Shoulders’ program and make Illinois’ highways more environmentally-friendly, efficient and accessible. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ infrastructure.
“Bus on Shoulders has proven to be a creative approach and a green solution to cut down on commuting times, encourage the use of mass transit and improve access to jobs,” Governor Quinn said. “By making minimal investments in our existing infrastructure, we are providing big dividends for commuters and families throughout the region.”
"The public policy of the State and the duty of each person is to provide and maintain a healthful environment for the benefit of this and future generations."
- Illinois Constitution, Article XI
- Illinois Constitution, Article XI