Lawsuit Challenges Validity of Illiana Tollway Authorization

Groups Challenge IDOT’s Move to Override Smart Regional Planning

CHICAGO (April 17, 2014) – Today the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), representing the Sierra Club and Openlands, filed a lawsuit in the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County to halt the proposed Illiana Tollway. The lawsuit contends that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has no authority to continue developing the proposed 47-mile tollroad.


Sierra Club Represents at Great Lakes Days in D.C.

Last week the Healing Our Waters- Great Lakes Coalition brought together organizations and volunteers from across the eight Great Lakes states to meet with U.S. senators and representatives on the need to protect this national treasure.

Dangerous Coal Ash: Is It In Your Backyard?

All across Illinois power plants are contaminating our rivers, streams, lakes, and groundwater with hazardous coal ash.  
Ash ponds along the Illinois River in Havana, IL Ash ponds along the Illinois River in Havana, IL

Governor Quinn Announces Expansion of Clean Water Initiative

Today in his State of the State address, Illinois Governor Quinn announced a major expansion of the Illinois Clean Water Initiative, which offers low-cost financing for clean water projects undertaken by Illinois communities. Quinn also proposed opening the program to new, innovative approaches to solving pollution and flooding problems such as using green infrastructure and measures to reduce polluted runoff from urban and rural areas. Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter Director Jack Darin had this response:

Chicago Speaks Out in Favor of Invasive Species Prevention

The first public meeting on the Army Corps of Engineer's GLMRIS report took place yesterday January 9th in Chicago.The meeting, held only three short days following the report's release on Monday, turned out over 70 people to speak on aquatic invasive species control.  A clear majority of speakers supported permanent separation, and welcomed the Corps' finding that permanent separation is not only possible, but the most effective option for stopping the spread of invasive species.