Illinois Environmental Community Releases 2012 Scorecard

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Illinois Environmental Community Releases 2012 Scorecard

12 Legislators Receive Perfect Score
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 4:30pm

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(3BL Media) August 23, 2012 - The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) released its 2012 Environmental Scorecard this week. Twelve legislators received a perfect score, voting for the environment 100% of the time. View the scorecard online.

Legislators who received a perfect score are: Representative Daniel Biss, Representative Kelly Cassidy, Representative Barbara Flynn Currie, Representative Kimberly du Buclet, Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Representative LaShawn Ford, Representative Elizabeth Hernandez, Representative Camille Lilly, Representative Karen May, Representative Rita Mayfield, Representative Deborah Mell, Representative Ann Williams.

The highest score in the Illinois Senate was received by Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg who received a 93%.

“The Illinois Environmental Council and our member organizations work to keep legislators informed about environmental legislation throughout the Spring legislative session,” said Jen Walling, executive director. “These twelve legislators honored with a perfect score voted for the environment each and every time.”

The 2012 Environmental Scorecard included fourteen individual legislative measures. Legislation on this year’s scorecard tackled a broad range of environmental issues including renewable energy and energy efficiency (SB3811), electric vehicles (HB5071), nutrient pollution prevention (HB5539 and HB5642), recycling (HB4986), funding for Illinois state parks (SB1566) and toxic chemicals (SB2950). 

Three bills from the scorecard may be considered during the 2012 veto session:

  • IEC opposed SB3442 which prohibits municipalities from regulating plastic bags through bans, fees, or takeback programs removing a community’s ability to reduce plastic bag waste. The environmental community has requested a veto from the Governor on this bill.
  • SB3766 boosts highly polluting technologies by providing financing of the Leucadia coal gasification facility on the southeast side of Chicago. IEC opposed this bill. The Governor vetoed this bill on August 10, 2012 and the environmental community will work to oppose any veto override efforts.
  • SB1566 provides sustainable funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to protect our state parks and natural resources. This measure did not receive enough votes to pass. IEC will be working towards its adoption during veto session later this year.

IEC releases its scorecard following the conclusion of regularly scheduled legislative session. This is the first time the scorecard has been release since 2007.


The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) is a non-partisan 37 year-old organization that promotes sound environmental laws and policies, provides a forum for environmentalists and facilitates a statewide activist network. IEC performs legislative advocacy and serves as the environmental community’s eyes, ears and voice in Springfield.

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