Illinois: Save Endangered Species Protections… Again

We need your help to prevent the Illinois Farm Bureau from gaining oversight of Illinois’ Endangered Species Protection Board (ESPB). HB 2425 & SB 1336 would permanently weaken Illinois’ ability to protect its endangered wildlife by proposing three troubling changes to the ESPB. Together we stopped a similar proposal last year, but we need to answer again this time even louder.

Tell your representatives enough is enough.

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About the Bill

HB 2425 & SB 1336 would permanently weaken Illinois’ ability to protect its endangered wildlife by proposing three troubling changes to the ESPB:

  • Removes qualified scientists from the nine-member Board and replaces them with members of the Farm Bureau. The Farm Bureau opposes all non-voluntary measures to protect nature and wildlife, including Rusty-patch bumblebees and Monarch butterflies
  • Adds a burdensome public hearing requirement when Illinois wants to designate Federally-endangered species as State-endangered species. Adding an unnecessary public hearing will slow down time-sensitive efforts to protect critically imperiled wildlife, and it may result in their exclusion from receiving critical protections in Illinois
  • Defers State authority to regulate destruction of endangered species habitats to Federal agencies. Under the Trump Administration, we can expect Federal agencies to be irresponsibly lax in their enforcement of protections

For more information, please contact policy@openlands.org.