This coming weekend there will be a weekend of actions in Ferguson, MO and St. Louis, opposing police brutality in Ferguson and throughout the nation. Visit the website Ferguson October (fergusonoctober.com) Photos of the large march on Saturday and other events, as well as some commentary, will be posted on Just BloNo next week.
The village of Utica continues public hearings this evening to consider Aramoni LLC’s petition for a frac sand mine. In the videos below, Wisconsin residents speak of their experiences of frac sand mining in their communities.
The Illinois protest movement against fracking, after last year’s defeat to the gas industry with the passage of the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, continues in a number of localities across the state. Here are some highlights gleaned from word-of-mouth, newspaper reports and online articles. If you have more developments, please include them in the … Continue reading
Utica residents will speak out at a public hearing Wednesday evening, where the Utica Planning Commission and Village Board will consider a petition for a proposed quarry that will be used to mine sand for hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. Aramoni LLC wants Utica’s permission to quarry on 500 acres near the Starved Rock tourist village. … Continue reading
Public sector pensions are under attack, and typical of Illinois politicians, they have used the cover of Thanksgiving to attempt to ram through a pension-slashing deal. Here in Bloomington, there are two actions you can take to defend state worker pensions. First, call the hotline number often (888-412-6570), telling your legislator not to support any … Continue reading
Illinois People’s Action (IPA) is pushing ahead in efforts to oppose fracking in Illinois. Last Spring, the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Bill (2013) gave the green light to fracking operations in Illinois through its provision of a weak regulatory framework, and just recently this month, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) proposed even weaker rules … Continue reading
Supported by key public sector unions, a petition campaign called ‘A Better Illinois’ seeks to change the Illinois income tax system so that it is a graduated progressive tax (similar to our federal income taxes). Unions are supporting this change because the current flat tax of 5% for all Illinois residents is underfunding our schools, … Continue reading
Fast food workers in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria participated in a national day of walk-out strikes on August 29th, bringing attention to the low wages and substandard benefits in the industry. In Bloomington, over 70 people rallied in front of the Hardee’s at 1523 E. College Drive, with even larger rallies occurring in Peoria earlier in … Continue reading
Sign the petition to support farmers and landowners refusing to allow Enbridge to build a tar sands pipeline through central Illinois: We, the residents of Illinois, oppose the construction of Enbridge pipelines through our state, including the Southern Access Extension. We stand with the landowners and farmers of central Illinois, from Patoka to Flanagan, who … Continue reading