Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed two Executive Orders that he says will help people who are still struggling to pay their bills and another piece of legislation aimed at reducing the state's carbon emissions.
The state is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025.
The governor says he is also taking steps to protect the state’s natural resources and prepare the workers and the economy for the transition to a clean energy economy in Illinois.
“The urgent need to address climate change, revitalize our state, and create jobs means that now is the time to transition to a clean energy economy, and this Earth Day, I’m taking action to protect our residents and the environment,” Gov. Pritzker said.
According to the governor’s office, one of the bills, pair of orders will pave the way for a new Utility Disconnection Avoidance Program. That program is expected to provide $80 million in assistance to households to avoid disconnections. Nearly 80,000 people are eligible to get financial help for their utility bills under the new program.
The state is also working on transitioning all state vehicles and equipment to zero-emission. In addition, that bill also allows a State Fleet Working Group that to begin moving the state towards low-emission and zero-emission vehicles for future purchases and leases.