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Rising Tide Chicago
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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Jan 16

Hundreds March In Chicago To 'Reclaim' MLK's Message (VIDEO)

Hundreds marched and rallied in Chicago Thursday evening to "reclaim" the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a demonstration organized, in part, by middle schoolers. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the youth-led protest.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Thu May 23, 2013

Environmental Activists Demand A Fracking Moratorium, Stage Sit-In At Quinn's Office (UPDATED)

Environmental activists are ramping up advocacy efforts against hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking”. Meanwhile, the Illinois House Executive Committee passed a regulatory compromise bill Tuesday and the full chamber is expected to take up the legislation any day now.

The oil and gas drilling technology, according to the bill’s opponents, is unsafe and damages the environment. But as the bill makes its way through the Illinois General Assembly, drilling companies have already leased land in Southern Illinois — reportedly about half a million acres around the New Albany Shale rock formation, according to the Star-Telegram.

“Fracking is not safe, it destroys communities; it endangers our water supply; it is not safe for the workers; and it is not a bridge fuel,” said Melody Lamar, a member of Illinois People’s Action.  “I’m so sickened by what I’ve seen from our legislators.”