fracking en Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing. The coalition says it's left wondering if the governor's administration might be dragging the process for political reasons.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been over 400 days since the General Assembly passed a law to allow hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. Proponents say the technique of drilling for natural gas deep in the ground will lead to job and revenue growth.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:18:30 +0000 Hannah Meisel 29986 at Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do <p>The Illinois Legislature adjourned its spring session having passed a new state budget and other key measures, but leaving some business undone. Here's a look at what passed and what didn't: &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; BILLS SENT TO GOV. PAT QUINN: &nbsp;<br />Budget: A roughly $35.7 billion budget for 2015 keeps funding flat for schools and most state agencies. Majority Democrats acknowledged the budget is ``incomplete'' because it postpones tough votes about whether to slash spending or find new revenue until after November's election. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:56:15 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 26409 at Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do Lawmakers Push To Speed Up Fracking Even After Proposal Dies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers are giving up on an attempt to override state regulators in order to jumpstart </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Illinois. But they still say </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn's administration is dragging its feet on a potential economic boom.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:56:19 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26091 at Lawmakers Push To Speed Up Fracking Even After Proposal Dies Ballot Measure Calls To Ban Fracking In Southern Illinois <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A ballot measure before voters in far-southern Johnson County seeks to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. But some advocates worry the proposal’s wording has the potential to confuse voters.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As it’s stated on the ballot, voters can vote yes or no in response to the following question:</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:47:01 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21023 at Ballot Measure Calls To Ban Fracking In Southern Illinois Thoughts On Fracking? Illinois Wants To Hear From You <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois took another step Friday toward allowing hydraulic fracturing, or </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The state has published draft rules on the controversial oil and gas extraction process, and it's looking for comments from the public.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in the spring, lawmakers touted Illinois' </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> law as the toughest in the country. It was the product of long negotiations between environmentalists and business groups.</span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:07:38 +0000 Brian Mackey 13160 at Thoughts On Fracking? Illinois Wants To Hear From You IDNR: Fracking At Least A Year Away In Illinois <p>Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state. &nbsp;<br />The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports ( ) new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete. &nbsp;</p><p>That's according to Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;<br />But Miller says it will take months before permits are issued. That's because the state still needs to hold public hearings and collect comments. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:44:25 +0000 Associated Press 13001 at IDNR: Fracking At Least A Year Away In Illinois DNR Opens Fracking Registration <p>Illinois is a ways off from allowing oil and gas drillers to begin &quot;fracking&quot; but companies that are interested can begin the paperwork.</p><p>Environmentalists lost their fight to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Lawmakers instead decided to open Illinois to a practice that&#39;s been an economic boon in other states.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:38:06 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10242 at DNR Opens Fracking Registration Fracking Divides Environmentalists In Ill. <div>Across the world, the drilling process referred to as "fracking" has caused controversy. Some say it brings heavy profits with the oil and natural gas it extracts from far underground. Others say it's caused pollution, contaminated water... and <a href="">even initiated earthquakes</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It's an issue Illinois residents have been largely untouched by - until now, as fracking has recently begun in the southern part of the state. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:33:36 +0000 Rachel Otwell 5943 at Fracking Divides Environmentalists In Ill. Fracking Regulations Become Law <p id="yui_3_7_2_30_1371498844026_83" style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law what's touted as the nation's toughest regulations on "</span><span class="mark" id="misspell-1" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; background-image: url(; background-attachment: scroll; background-color: transparent; background-position: 50% 100%; background-repeat: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:07:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 4430 at Fracking Regulations Become Law Fracking Deal Back On Track <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After several stumbles, an agreement&nbsp; has been reached on how to regulate "</span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" in Illinois. &nbsp;A House committee could vote on the package Thursday morning.&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The oil and natural gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing has been a boon for job creation in places like&nbsp; North Dakota and Pennsylvania.</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:58:04 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 2745 at Fracking Deal Back On Track