Who’s a Tree Hugger? The Environmental Stances of Illinois 2018 Primary Candidates

In case you missed the campaign ads all over social media and cable TV, the Illinois primary election is happening tomorrow (March 20th). Although the state primaries are not as glamorous as something like the presidential election, they are just as important when it comes to making an impact on your community. Here you will find summaries of the primary candidates’ stances the environment, climate change, green energy, etc. Stay informed and get out the vote, Green Observers!

Primary election ballots are split into Democratic and Republican candidates, so that is how the candidates are arranged here. Only the candidates for Illinois Governor, the US House of Representatives, and Illinois House of Representatives for the 13th congressional district are covered.

Democratic Party Candidates

Illinois Governor/Lieutenant Governor

  • B. Pritzker/Juliana Stratton

    • Billionaire and philanthropist J. B. Pritzker is a self-proclaimed supporter of the environment. According to his campaign website, Pritzker supports the U.S. climate alliance, clean/renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean water infrastructure, and “prioritizing expertise within state environmentalagencies.” 1
    • Website: https://www.jbpritzker.com/
  • Chris Kennedy/Ra Joy

    • Chris Kennedy, cofounder of the non-profit Top Box Food and former Merchandise Mart Properties president, is focused on the relationship between clean energy, sustainability, and business.2 In addition to attracting and fostering environmentally friendly business in Illinois, his campaign website states his support for green infrastructure and research institutions that study clean energy and the environment.2
    • Website: https://kennedyforillinois.com/
  • Daniel K. Biss/Litesa E. Wallace

    • State senator Daniel Biss has been an avid supporter of the environment for years, and has the voting and legislation proposal record to prove it. Biss received a 100% on the Illinois Environmental Council’s Environmental Scorecard for state legislators in 2017 and all previous years (meaning that, in his time as a member of the state senate he voted in support of all pro-environmental legislation and in opposition to all anti-environmental legislation).3 Biss’s campaign website states that he supports a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, clean/renewable energy, the Obama era Clean Power Plan, funding for green infrastructure, the U.S. climate alliance, and electronics recycling laws.It also states that he has pledged to refuse funding from the fossil fuels industry for his campaign.4
    • Website: https://www.danielbiss.com/
  • Bob Daiber/Jonathan Todd

    • Bob Daiber, a school superintendent, does not address environmental issues on his campaign website.5
    • Website: http://bobdaiber.com/
  • Tio Hardiman/Patricia Avery

    • Tio Hardiman, the executive director of Violence Interrupters (a violence intervention non-profit ), does not address environmental issues on his campaign website.6
    • Website: https://hardimanforillinois.org/
  • Robert Marshall/Dennis Cole

    • Radiologist Robert Marshall supports a balance between the environment and the economy.7 His campaign website states that he supports “green initiatives, alternative fuel sources, and research in sustainable energies.”7
    • Website: http://www.citizensforrobertmarshall.net/

US House of Representatives

  • Jon Ebel

    • Navy veteran and religion professor at UIUC Jon Ebel calls climate change “the greatest threat we currently face as a species.”8 He supports the Paris Climate Agreement, sustainable agriculture, investment in climate research and sustainable technology, and addressing climate change at a local level through movements like “Ready for 100.”8
    • Website: http://www.jonebel.com/
  • David Gill

    • Medical doctor David Gill’s campaign website specifies that he believes climate change policies should strive for “a sustainable world seven generations into the future.”9 His site also discusses the importance of sustainable technology and green energy.9
    • Website: https://www.davidgill2018.com/
  • Erik Jones

    • Erik Jones, an attorney, categorizes the environment under his principal of “respect for science.”10 Jones supports investments in wind, solar, and other clean energy sources and policies to reduce emissions.10
    • Website: https://erikjonesforcongress.com/
  • Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

    • Fundraiser Betsy Dirksen Londrigan’s campaign website states that she supports “investments in energy producing communities,” protection for public water and land, green infrastructure, clean energy, methane emission reduction, lead poisoning reduction, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.11
    • Website: https://www.betsydirksenlondrigan.com/
  • Angel Sides

    • Teacher and activist Angel Sides states on her campaign GoFundMe page that she wants to address global warming with a federal environmental jobs program.12. She also designates herself as opposed to nuclear power.12
    • Website: https://www.gofundme.com/voteAngel

Illinois House of Representatives

  • Gregory Harris

    • Gregory Harris, the unopposed incumbent for the 13th district Illinois House seat, does not specifically discuss the environment on his website.13 However, he was given a 100% on the Illinois Environmental Council’s Environmental Scorecard for state legislators in 2017 (meaning that, in 2017 as a member of the state house he voted in support of all pro-environmental legislation and in opposition to all anti-environmental legislation).3
    • Website: http://www.gregharris.org/

 

Republican Party Candidates

Illinois Governor/Lieutenant Governor

  • Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti

    • Gubernatorial incumbent Bruce Rauner’s campaign website does not have much to say on important issues like pollution and carbon emissions. However, the site does specify Rauner’s support for the Future Energy Jobs Act and the jobs it has created in the clean energy sector.14
    • Website: https://www.brucerauner.com/
  • Jeanne M. Ives/Richard Morthland

    • The best word to describe Jeanne Ives stance on the environment is unclear; Ives does not address environmental issues on her campaign website.15  However her voting record does not establish her as a pro-environment candidate. Ives received a 53.8% on the Illinois Environmental Council’s 2017 Environmental Scorecard for state legislators (meaning that, in her time as a member of the Illinois house of representatives she voted in support of a portion of pro-environmental legislation and in opposition to a portion of anti-environmental legislation).3
    • Website: https://ivesforillinois.com/

US House of Representatives

  • Rodney Davis

    • Congressional incumbent Rodney Davis does not address environmental issues on his campaign website.16 However, Davis makes it clear that he is anti-regulation and he has voted against pro-environmental legislation in the past.17
    • Website: https://electrodney.com/

 

References

13) IL State Rep Greg Harris. Accessed March 19, 2018. http://www.gregharris.org/wp/.

8) “Address Climate Change.” Jon Ebel – Democrat for Congress. Accessed March 19, 2018. http://www.jonebel.com/issues/climate-change/.

5) “BOB DAIBER | FOR ALL OF ILLINOIS.” A Real Plan With a Real Solution For Our State. Accessed March 19, 2018. http://bobdaiber.com/issues#Issues.

14) “Bruce on the Issues.” Bruce Rauner. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://www.brucerauner.com/issues/.

11) “Energy and Environment.” Betsy Dirksen Londrigan for Congress. Accessed March 19, 2018. http://betsydirksenlondrigan.com/index.php/issues/energy-and-environment.

4) “Energy and the Environment.” Daniel Biss for Governor. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://www.danielbiss.com/issues-environment/.

2) “Environment.” Chris Kennedy for Illinois. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://kennedyforillinois.com/vision/environment/.

3) “Environmental Scorecard for State Legislators .” Illinois Environmental Council. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://ilenviro.org/scorecard/.

6) “HARDIMAN – AVERY FOR GOVERNOR STATE OF ILLINOIS.” Hardiman for Illinois. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://hardimanforillinois.org/.

1) “JB’s Priorities for Protecting the Environment.” JB Pritzker for Governor. March 15, 2018. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://www.jbpritzker.com/environment/.

15) “Meet Jeanne & Rich – Jeanne Ives For Illinois.” Jeanne Ives For Illinois. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://ivesforillinois.com/meet_jeanne/.

9) “Platform: Addressing Climate Change.” Gill for Congress. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://www.davidgill2018.com/platform.

12) “Political Campaign organized by Angel Sides.” GoFundMe: Political Campaign . Accessed March 19, 2018. https://www.gofundme.com/voteAngel.

16) “Priorities.” Elect Rodney. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://electrodney.com/priorities/.

10) “Respect for Science.” Erik Jones for Congress. January 09, 2018. Accessed March 19, 2018. https://erikjonesforcongress.com/respect-science.

7) “Robert Marshall for Governor of Illinios.” Robert Marshall, M.D. Accessed March 19, 2018. http://www.citizensforrobertmarshall.net/Political-Corruption-Healthcare-Reform-Economic-Recovery.html.

17) “Rodney Davis on the Issues.” Rodney Davis on the Issues. Accessed March 19, 2018. http://www.ontheissues.org/IL/Rodney_Davis.htm.

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