Human Dignity and Solidarity


Illinois State Legislation

In the spirit of Laudato Si’, a Catholic Conference of Illinois statement (CCI) was issued encouraging renewable energy development in Illinois that respects the human dignity of all and aids the poor and vulnerable. In 2021, legislation was passed called the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act SB2408 (CEJA).

The Illinois bishops have not taken a position on CEJA legislation, but CEJA addresses many of their recommendations on advancing renewable energy development, increasing energy efficiency, reinvesting in communities and provisions to increase job opportunities in Illinois’ clean energy workforce. Other reputable environmental organizations involved in these efforts include Faith in Place and Illinois Environmental Council.

With the passage of the CEJA, it is now the responsibility of the state agencies to implement this law. This crucial process will determine how effective CEJA becomes. We look forward to monitoring and making advocacy suggestions to ensure this nation-leading clean energy legislation is implemented in a way that matches the spirit of the CCI recommendations.


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