News

Fracking Opponents Deliver Petitions

Fracking Opponents Deliver Petitions

Photo: clipart.com

On the last day to comment on the draft rules for regulated hydraulic fracturing in Illinois, the forces against “fracking” made their numbers known.

About two dozen people from Southern Illinois brought 1,700 petition signatures, having already submitted more than 20,000 comments online, to Illinois Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Springfield.

“Any atrocity to our well-being, any atrocity to take away our Constitutional rights, any atrocity to possibly give someone cancer – yeah, I would say, impeachment absolutely” is a possibility, said one organizer, Georgia de la Garza of West Frankfort. “I don’t want a governor and a leader taking me and my children to that place.”

“These inadequate rules will leave nothing but legacies of disasters to those who voted on this irresponsible law and abandoned Illinois taxpayers who will indeed foot the bill for public health issues like cancer and leukemia,” said another protestor, Tabitha Tripp of Union County.

De la Garza said those who would comment at public hearings were told “the train has already left the station.” She says she hopes the governor’s office and DNR hear otherwise.

Recent Headlines

in Local

City Needs Extra $3.5 Million to Cover Healthcare Costs

Health

It appears health care costs for city of Springfield employees went over budget by more than three million dollars this fiscal year.

in Local

Lincoln Woman Gets Prison Time: Embezzles Two Million Dollars

money

A Lincoln woman will serve nearly 4 years in prison for embezzling two million dollars over 17 years.

in Local

Rauner Pushes “Right to Work” Zones

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says one of his priorities for his first year in office will be creating so-called “right to work zones.”

in Local

Lawmaker Introduces Measure to Cut GA, Officer Salaries

money

An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut the pay of elected officeholders by 10 percent.

in Local

Portions of MacArthur Blvd. Closed due to Sewer Cave In

road construction

Portions of southbound MacArthur Blvd. are down to one lane due to a sewer cave in.