State of Illinois Archives: on Environment


Pat Quinn: Clean Water Initiative: $1B for wastewater & stormwater

Through our Clean Water Initiative, we're investing more than $1 billion in clean water--and creating 28,000 jobs along the way. And these are good jobs: jobs for welders, cement masons, truck drivers, operating engineers, pipefitters, painters and carpenters. Through these projects, we're replacing ancient water mains, upgrading sewers, and building wastewater treatment plants all over our state.

To date, we've received 91 clean water applications. And this year, we'll expand our Clean Water Initiative--and double this investment--to include critical stormwater and flood control projects. When it comes to creating the infrastructure we need for a strong economy, we've been getting the job done. And there's more work to do.

Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Illinois legislature Jan 29, 2014

Pat Quinn: Leave no child inside

I think it's very, very important that in this time of economic recession, we have parks available for the people. And I made sure that that happened.

We want to leave no child inside in Illinois. I believe that it's important for kids to get outside in nature with their moms and dads, and with others, their friends, to see the wonders of nature. It's important that we understand the spiritual value of being in nature. I was distressed that my predecessor padlocked some of the State parks.

Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Dick Durbin: Drives a Ford hybrid that gets 30 mpg

During the debate, the candidates were asked what kind of car they drive and what kind of gas mileage it gets. Durbin said he drives a Ford hybrid that got 30 miles per gallon on a recent vacation.

Sauerberg acknowledged it might be a political misstep for him to drive a foreign car, a Lexus, although he gets about 23 miles a gallon now that he has changed his driving habits. Im supposed to probably drive an American car, Sauerberg said.

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in Chicago Sun Times Oct 7, 2008

Steven Sauerberg: Drives a Lexus that gets 23 mpg

During the debate, the candidates were asked what kind of car they drive and what kind of gas mileage it gets. Durbin said he drives a Ford hybrid that got 30 miles per gallon on a recent vacation.

Sauerberg acknowledged it might be a political misstep for him to drive a foreign car, a Lexus, although he gets about 23 miles a gallon now that he has changed his driving habits. Im supposed to probably drive an American car, Sauerberg said.

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in Chicago Sun Times Oct 7, 2008

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