SIERRA CLUB ENDORSES 14
FOR CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL
“Champions for Cleaner, Healthier Neighborhoods and
New Jobs In the Green Economy”
Sierra Club today announced its endorsements in fourteen Chicago aldermanic races Wednesday, recommending the candidates as “champions for cleaner, healthier neighborhoods and new jobs in the green economy”
“These are leaders who will fight for cleaner, healthier neighborhoods, and new jobs in the green economy,” said Cory Jones, Political Chair for the Chicago Group of the Sierra Club. ††”We are proud to recommend them to Chicagoans who want clean air, clean water, and a city that embraces innovation and a green future.”
The Sierra Club has endorsed these candidates for Chicago City Council in the February 22nd primary election:
|Ward 1- Joe Moreno
||Ward 7- Sandi Jackson
||Ward 35- Rey Colon
|Ward 2- Bob Fioretti
||Ward 12- Jesse Iniguez
||Ward 43- Michele Smith
|Ward 4- Will Burns
||Ward 28- Jason Ervin
||Ward 48- Harry Osterman
|Ward 5- Leslie Hairston
||Ward 30- Ariel Reboyras
||Ward 49- Joe Moore
|Ward 6- Freddrenna Lyle
||Ward 32- Scott Waguespack
The next Chicago City Council faces major environmental issues, including:
Cleaning Up Chicago’s Dirty Coal Plants
Delivering Real Recycling Service to Chicago Residents
Helping Residents and Businesses Save Energy to Cut Bills –
Protecting and Restoring Chicago’s Green Spaces
Protecting Our Water Supply
Ensuring Clean, Reliable Transportation
Affordable, safe public transportation is at the heart of Chicago’s transportation system and our neighborhoods. We need champions for transit maintenance and expansions, and for bringing electric vehicles to Chicago to clean the air.
– While the Chicago River is cleaner, wastewater dumped into it is still not disinfected, and after heavy rains raw sewage is still dumped into the river system. The threat of the Asian Carp reaching Lake Michigan highlights the need for a permanent solution to the threat of aquatic invasive species moving between the Great Lakes and the Chicago/Illinois River system. – Parks and natural areas give all of us a healthy place to relax, play, and enjoy nature, but too many Chicago neighborhoods lack adequate green space.Chicago can create jobs and cut gas and electric bills with programs to retrofit existing buildings with energy conservation technologies, and by requiring new construction to use state of the art techniques. – Most Chicagoans still do not have easy access to the recycling services available to most other Illinois residents. As a result, Chicago sends a higher percentage of their waste to landfills than other cities. – The Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods are home to coal plants that do not have scrubbers to remove dangerous pollutants, and therefore they pose serious health risks to Chicagoans. The Chicago Clean Power Ordinance would require these plants to clean up by installing modern pollution controls.Sierra Club is notifying its 8,000 members in Chicago about these endorsements, and will be engaging its volunteer network in these campaigns.
“These are leaders who will work hard to make our city a healthier, more prosperous place to live and work, and Sierra Club members are proud to join these campaigns and hit the streets to let voters know about these great candidates,” said Jones.
Sierra Club announced its endorsement of Rahm Emanuel for Mayor at an event last Friday.
“Throughout his career, Rahm has not just been a strong supporter of environmental protection — he has been a key strategist in efforts to protect Lake Michigan, and to move toward a clean energy future,” said Jack Darin, director of Sierra Club’s Illinois chapter. “That’s exactly who Chicagoans need as their next mayor — someone who wants a cleaner, healthier Chicago for the future, but also has the strength and smarts to get things done.†Rahm knows we can bring new jobs to Chicago and make our city cleaner by being smarter about how we use energy, and by making Chicago a global capital in the green economy. We are proud to recommend Rahm Emanuel to all the Chicagoans who want a better future for their children and new, good-paying jobs.”
The full list of endorsements is available online at
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