At a time when the Midwest is being battered by more severe storms due to climate change,
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a landmark law earlier this month that will transition the state to 100 percent clean energy by 2045, with benchmarks along the way.
While the effort has largely escaped national media attention, it is especially noteworthy for three reasons: Illinois is the first state in the coal-heavy Midwest to commit to eliminating carbon emissions, the plan received some Republican support and it includes programs to ensure economic and racial equity.
“What we’ve now done is made it clear that [fossil fuels] are not in Illinois’ future,” Jack Darin, director of the Illinois Chapter of Sierra Club, told Yahoo News.