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.
Adapted from IPA’s press release See the Youtube video for coverage of the action. Three dozen Illinois People’s Action leaders protested the Illinois Prairie Research Institute’s presentation on fracking last Wednesday evening, condemning the Institute for participating in frackademia, a practice where public universities take industry money and skew research results in the favor of … Continue reading
by William C. Rau Professor Emeritus of Industrial Sociology, Illinois State University The controversy about fracking starts with its definition. The industry defines fracking as the process of injecting a fluid or gas under pressure to fracture hydrocarbon saturated rock so that oil, natural gas liquids, or methane can be extracted. Many narrow the definition … Continue reading
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 workers gathered at State Senator Bill Brady’s office Monday afternoon to show their displeasure at a bill that would gut their pensions and raise the retirement age for employees under 45. Risking the support of thousands of active and retired state employees, Senator Brady announced in the press that he would vote for … 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