Illinois: Support the People’s Right to Challenge Bad Agency Decisions in Court

We need your support to pass House Bill 5119/Senate Bill 3005 to clarify that citizens have standing to take legal action to stop certain kinds of bad State agency decisions, such as flawed mining permits, that damage our state’s finest natural areas.

In 2015, an Illinois Appellate Court decided that citizens could not challenge an administrative decision by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to issue a permit to mine frac sand next to Starved Rock State Park.  To prevent courts from perpetuating that mistake, please take a minute to tell your legislators to pass this bill so there is no question that affected citizens can hold agencies accountable for their decisions, and to protect our region’s natural heritage.

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For more information on this issue, please contact Openlands Senior Counsel, Stacy Meyers, at 312.863.6265.