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We will continue to add endorsed candidates throughout the year, but due to the condensed time frame of the primary season we were not able to evaluate all races. Please check back periodically.

Endorsed Candidates for the Illinois House

Illinois House 4: Cynthia Soto, Democrat 
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Cynthia Soto has been a leader on trying to establish green service zones, which would allow for homeowners to expand the use of renewable energy devices and energy and water efficiency measures. The service zones allow homeowners to slowly pay back the costs of these new measures by voluntarily adding a property tax assessment.


Illinois House 8: LaShawn Ford, Democrat 
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LaShawn Ford is a champion for our environment. He finished 2013 with a 100% pro-environment voting record. Recognizing the need and importance for green jobs in our communities Ford has always championed policies that emphasize renewables and energy efficiency before dirty coal.

Ford also supports a sustainable Department of Natural Resources and has worked with the agency to host educational events highlighting the work being done to prevent invasive species like Asian carp from spreading into Lake Michigan.

Illinois House 9: Art Turner, Democrat 
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Art Turner has demonstrated his support for clean energy and energy efficiency measures. He said no to new polluting coal facilities, while sponsoring legislation to make it easier for Illinois families to pay for energy efficiency investments through their utility bill.

Illinois House 11: Ann Williams, Democrat 

Ann Williams has established herself as one of the leading voices on the environment. She has sponsored legislation to expand energy efficiency and the use of electric cars.

Williams is one of handful of legislators that voted for the environment 100% of the time.

Illinois House 12: Sara Feigenholtz, Democrat 

Sara Feigenholtz is an ally and an environmental champion in the Illinois House of Representatives. Sierra Club is happy to endorse Feigenholtz again for Illinois House District 12. Feigenholtz has been an important vote on issues such as:

  • Opposing new coal plants
  • Funding public transit
  • Increasing solar energy opportunities

  • Illinois House 13: Greg Harris, Democrat 
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    Greg Harris has been a strong supporter of clean energy issues. He has supported the expansion of rooftop renewables and energy efficiency measures. He opposed high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but supported strong regulatory measures when a fracking moratorium failed.

    Illinois House 14: Kelly Cassidy, Democrat 

    Kelly Cassidy has distinguished herself as a pro-environment vote, but more importantly as a leader on environmental issues. She said no to new coal and high-volume hydraulic fracturing, while saying yes and sponsoring legislation to expanded greater use of renewable energy sources.

    Illinois House 16: Lou Lang, Democrat 

    Lou Lang over the course of his career has been a constant environmental supporter. He has helped protect Great Lakes resources by supporting efforts to reduce water usage and curbing the spread of invasive species.

    Lang has a demonstrated record on a range of environmental issues, and will continue that trend moving forward.

    Illinois House 18: Robyn Gabel, Democrat 

    Robin Gabel has become a consistent environmental supporter. With Lake Michigan an important part of her district, Gabel has supported initiatives that encourage water conservation and halt the spread of invasive species like Asian carp.

    Gabel is also a supporter of clean energy initiatives and has sponsored legislation that requires the Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan for siting off-shore wind projects on Lake Michigan. The plan must consider impacts to wildlife, transportation and environmental factors.

    Illinois House 24: Elizabeth Hernandez, Democrat 
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    Elizabeth Hernandez supports and is interested in expanding green energy policies. She supports greener construction which will reduce the energy footprint of our buildings now and in the future.

    Hernandez has been a constant supporter of the environment and voted pro-environment 100% of the time in 2012.

    Illinois House 25: Barbara Flynn Currie, Democrat 

    Barbara Flynn Currie has an outstanding voting record on environmental issues and has long been an environmental champion in the General Assembly. Sierra Club is pleased to endorse Currie for Illinois House District 25. In 2011, Currie was honored with a first-ever lifetime legislative achievement award from the Illinois Environmental Council. She has consistently voted to move us beyond coal, opposed high-volume hydraulic fracturing and has been a leader on energy efficiency and renewables. In addition, she has consistently supported:

  • Funding Public Transit
  • Protecting the state's special and unique places

  • Illinois House 26: Christian Mitchell, Democrat 

    Christian Mitchell is a clean energy leader that is focused on making renewables and energy efficiency measures affordable and achievable for all Illinoisans. He is an advocate for seeing the state make good on it’s promise to expand energy efficiency to moderate to low-income home owners through the Urban Weatherization Program. Beyond weatherization he wants to continue to expand green technology opportunities in urban areas which will continue to contribute to job growth in our cities.

    Illinois House 39: Toni Berrios, Democrat 

    Toni Berrios has supported a transition to a clean energy economy. She has supported energy efficiency measures, rooftop renewables and a requirement that solar be part of our state's energy mix.

    Berrios has also supported a transition away from traditional fossil fuels by opposing new coal plants and high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

    Illinois House 40: Jaime Andrade, Democrat 
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    Sierra Club is proud to endorse Jaime Andrade, for a better future. He knows that moving beyond fossil fuels helps our community and our planet. He supports moving to wind and solar power and moving beyond coal, which protects our health and creates good jobs.

    Andrade also recognizes the importance of public transit in our communities, and is a supporter of developments and funding plans that maximize transit usage.

    Illinois House 45: Mike Fortner, Republican 
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    Last year Fortner was chief cosponsor of our Power Labeling bill which allows communities to get information about the source of their power. So many times over the years we have counted on his leadership. When Smart Grid was being debated, he was one of only eight legislators to stand up to the power companies and insist that renewable energy and energy efficiency measures were written into the Smart Grid legislation. He has cosponsored energy efficiency bills and was an early cosponsor and strong voice for solar bills supported by the Sierra Club. He has been a consistent vote against taxpayer subsidies for coal plants, and supported efforts that will help reduce our dependence on and transition us away from dirty fossil fuels.

    Fortner began as a citizen activist fighting to hold Kerr McKee Corporation responsible for contaminating the rivers and groundwater of West Chicago and surrounding communities with thorium. He provided crucial leadership as he progressed from citizen to West Chicago alderman to West Chicago mayor in getting the multi-group thorium cleanup agreement with Kerr McGee.

    His membership on the House Energy and Environment Committee and the Transportation Committee bespeak his environmental priorities and position him to be the powerful help to the Sierra Club that he is. Few have fought harder for mass transit than Fortner.

    Illinois House 48: Sandy Pihos, Republican 
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    Sandra Pihos sums up her attitude toward the environment this way: "Unlike many issues where there really are two sides, when it comes to the environment, there really is a right and wrong way."

    More than a reliable environmental vote, Pihos has taken on the toughest issues for the environment. She is one of a handful of Republicans making protecting the environment a bipartisan issue.

    Last year she stood up to the power companies once again when she was a chief sponsor of our renewable energy bill. Previously, when Smart Grid was being debated she was one of only eight legislators to stand up to ComEd and insist that the Sierra Club’s renewable energy and energy efficiency bills be included in the Smart Grid legislation. She has voted consistently against taxpayer subsidies to coal plants. In 2010 she was one of only a handful of legislators to cosponsor our solar bills. She voted for our phosphorous in lawn fertilizer ban. In 2009 she cosponsored the Sierra Club’s Clean Cars bill; she voted for the energy efficient building codes bill, the natural gas efficiency bill and against the hated STAR Bonds bill, all top Sierra Club priorities. She was one of only 17 representatives out of 118 to vote against both bad ATV bills that would have allowed all-terrain vehicles to wreak havoc in our state parks.

    Pihos has a tough primary challenger from the right. She is a legislator we cannot afford to lose.

    Illinois House 58: Scott Drury, Democrat 

    Scott Drury served more than 7 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and worked on enforcement issues with USEPA. Drury supported a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, while supporting clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Since taking office he has worked with local volunteers on a hazardous waste issue at the former Fort Sheridan site, and become a consistent voice for the environment.

    Drury also supports thoughtful expansion of Illinois’s transit systems, including funding for the CTA, more PACE and Metra services, and supporting electric vehicle car-sharing services.

    Illinois House 77: Kathleen Willis, Democrat 
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    Kathleen Willis, as a freshman legislator in 2013, emerged as a new environmental champion. She supported protecting our air, water and land from the dangers of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, and supported efforts to transition us from fossil fuels.

    She understands the importance of the green economy, and recognizes that policies incentivizing renewables and efficiency are a key component to creating jobs in our communities.

    Illinois House 78: Camille Lilly, Democrat 

    In Illinois House District 78, Sierra Club endorses Rep. Camille Lilly. Lilly was appointed to the seat in 2011 and has been a consistent supporter of environmental issues. She has:

  • Supported moving us beyond coal
  • Supported urban weatherization initiatives
  • Supported the expansion of energy efficiency and the use of rooftop renewables

  • Illinois House 81: Ron Sandack, Republican 

    Ron Sandack is seeking re-election as Representative from 81st district. Before serving in the Illinois legislature, he was an environmentally friendly mayor of Downers Grove. As Mayor, Ron Sandack initiated many cost saving and sustainability-focused programs within the village. These initiatives include a successful recycling "extravaganza," hybrid powered residential street lighting, a rain barrel program for residents, and expansion of the village’s natural gas powered municipal fleet.

    Representative Sandack's voting record has been consistently aligned with Sierra Club’s position. He is supportive of sound clean energy policies, protecting funds allocated for renewable energy projects, and implementing comprehensive fracking regulations. Always willing to consider reasonable solutions, Ron Sandack believes in "innovative solutions, both legislatively and beyond, (and) utilizing market-based ideas to expand good environmental stewardship."

    Sandack has demonstrated his commitment to environmental issues, and is enthusiastically endorsed!

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