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Sheyman for IL10
We proudly endorse Ilya Sheyman for Illinois' 10th US Congressional
district primary. Ilya regularly impressed the endorsement team with his in-depth understanding
of the legislative process, the clarity of his plan to spur a green job economy, and the
high priority that he places on accomplishing this in Congress. In addition, Sheyman demonstrates
a nuanced understanding of the need to protect Lake Michigan from pollution and invasive
species, and is willing to fight to preserve the authority of the EPA to protect our air
We see Sheyman's youth as one of his advantages. Ilya's generation
will see the full impacts of global warming and he knows that those impacts will get steadily worse if nothing is done. Because Ilya is acutely aware of this
future and the urgent need to address it, he's ready to take on the future today.
We strongly believe that independent voters have had enough
of those in Congress who have been blocking action on environmental issues. If successful,
Sheyman will cite, among other things, Dold's 34% score from the League of Conservation
Voters and his F on the Sierra Club water report card. Protecting the environment shouldn't
be a partisan issue, and we think that many independents will back Sheyman over a general
election opponent willing to jettison protection of a healthy environment to try to recover
an old, unsustainable economy.
See more on this and other Sierra Club endorsements at
Lake County Adopts 60% Recycling Plan
In 2009, Sierra Club joined forces with Incinerator-Free
Lake County in opposition to the inclusion of any type of incineration or thermal conversion
technology in the Lake County 5-year Solid Waste Plan. We simultaneously advocated for the
county to redouble its efforts in recycling and waste diversion. Along with the help of
several elected officials, we were successful on both counts (woohoo!) and the county formed the Lake
County 60% Recycling Task Force to study how to increase the County’s waste diversion from
the current 38% to 60% by the year 2020. We served on that task force for the past year
and the final recommendations can be found at:
The Lake County Board took up the matter at their last meeting
and agreed with our position of fully approving the plan. Most of the line items will come
back in front of the board individually and we will send out alerts at that time encouraging
you to contact your lake county board member and ask for their full support. The plan is
what is affectionately referred to in public policy as a “carrot and stick method” with
much emphasis placed on education and incentive “carrots,” but a trigger for a “stick” measure
to ensure that the everyone pitches in and recycles.
“Sticks” are never popular and are not the first choice,
but given our limited remaining landfill life and the prospects of incineration or similar
technologies on the horizon, having everyone pitch in to meet this goal makes the most sense.
And for most people, being able to recycle stuff at work, and knowing that construction
debris is getting sorted out too, makes the care and feeding of our blue bins at home feel
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