Jen Walling

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A hearing is being held this week in Chicago on a federal program designed to jumpstart renewable energy projects.  States that get on board would be allowed more emission allowances in exchange for investment in cleaner alternatives. 

Amanda Vinicky

  Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law what's touted as the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking."  

 

High-volume hydraulic fracturing is a controversial process used to reach oil and natural gas deep underground.