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Forum: Close power plants for health

Updated: November 27, 2012 11:01AM



Midwest Generation says its plants meet tough state requirements for emissions. But the fact remains that the thousands of tons of air pollution that these plants emit, even with pollution controls, still harm and kill people in our community.

No one deserves to have their health or life put at risk so that power plants can keep operating.

In 2011, Illinois added more clean, wind-power turbines than any other state. In addition, five old, dirty, coal-fired power plants in Illinois were closed during the past year, and more closures are likely. Within the last few months, more than a dozen Will County communities, including Joliet and Romeoville, also decided to support clean renewable energy while saving residents money on their electric bills.

We deserve clean, healthy, renewable energy. Even if the best pollution controls available today were installed, these coal-fired power plants would still pollute our air and harm our health. It’s time that Midwest Generation shut down the Waukegan, Joliet and Romeoville power plants.

Brian Urbaszewski

Director, environmental health programs

Respiratory Health Association

Chicago

Will GOP unfair to Jackson

Will County Republicans continue to take aim at U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd), seeking to take advantage of his illness and potential legal problems to rally GOP voters to back Jackson’s Republican opponent and send a message that Chicago-style politics are unwelcome in Will County.

First of all, Jackson has not been charged with any wrongdoing. He has been undergoing treatment for depression related to bipolar disorder since June and deserves a chance to recover, just as U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is getting during his lengthy recuperation from a major stroke.

Except for a few short years, the Republicans have had control of Will County. Now they seem to fear that their power is dissipating and are using Jackson’s illness and absence from Congress as a rallying point.

Let’s kick a man when he is down. That seems to be the Will County Republicans frame of mind.

Mike Schauer

Joliet

Armstrong has done much good

Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France titles have been taken away, he has been banned from cycling for life and sponsors are dropping him left and right. Maybe that’s justice.

However, the good he has done and many millions of dollars he has raised for cancer charities can’t be taken away.

I’ll be prepared to show disdain for him when all the other juicers and cheaters in sports, too many of them to name, have their titles taken away. They’ve done absolutely nothing charitable for anyone but themselves.

Timothy D. O’Reilly

Chicago



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