The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force recognized state Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) on Saturday for her raising awareness of and improving access to breast cancer screening and treatment.
The task force cited Feigenholtz’s work in preserving the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) during negotiations for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. IBCCP provides low-income, uninsured women with free mammograms and cervical cancer screenings.
“The earlier cancer is detected, the better the prognosis. Preserving screening and preventative services is vital to the health of women at risk and help save time and money treating cancer in its later stages,” said Feigenholtz. “With so many women in need, I’m grateful to have partners like the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force as we continue to fight for accessible health care for all.”
State Representatives Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) also were honored for their contributions to women’s health.
The bill has three main components (as noted by the Illinois Environmental Council):
1) Strengthening Illinois’ energy efficiency policies. The bill would use efficiency improvements in homes and workplaces to reduce electricity demand by 20 percent by 2025, a 50 percent increase in savings compared to what would otherwise occur based on current policies. The bill also improves on-bill financing and real-time pricing programs to help more customers save money.
2) Updating and extending the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to enable solar and wind energy projects to flourish. The bill would revise the current Renewable Portfolio Standard to increase the share of power coming from renewable sources to 35 percent by 2030, up from the state’s current standard of 25 percent by 2025. The bill also makes technical fixes to the RPS that energy experts say have become necessary since more customers and municipalities have started purchasing energy from alternative suppliers rather than from utilities; and
3) A market-based strategy to cut carbon pollution. The bill directs Illinois EPA to develop a market-based approach to meet new standards for reducing pollution from power plants called for under the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The bill establishes a framework for emissions coupled with an auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances. The revenues generated by the auction would then be invested in areas such as workforce development, new renewable energy projects and low-income bill assistance.
For more information on this legislation, please visit the Illinois Environmental Council website: http://ilenviro.org/clean-energy-jobs-bill/.