The Illinois Legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) decided on Tuesday to not vote on proposed regulations involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The legislative panel will hold its next meeting to consider the fracking rules on November 6.
Factory farms are one of the leading causes of pollution in Illinois’ rivers and lakes, according to a group of environmental activists who called on the state to impose stricter regulations—and even a moratorium—on industrial livestock production.
“Clean water is critical to the environment, to public health, and to the quality of life in Illinois. Factory farms seriously threaten the health of our waterways,” said Lisa Nikodem, campaign director for Environment Illinois Research and Education Center.
Environment Illinois joined organic farmers Wednesday morning at the Heartland Café, located at 7000 N. Glenwood Ave. in Chicago, to put a spotlight on water pollution caused by the large-scale release of animal waste at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), commonly called factory farms.
residents vehemently voiced objections to the state fire marshal’s
proposal to require all residential high-rise buildings to
install fire sprinkler systems within the next 12 years at a town hall
meeting Wednesday night.
The costs associated with implementing
the water sprinklers are just too much to bear, far North Side residents
said at the fire code meeting, hosted by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago)
at Loyola University’s Cueno Hall.