Illinois Governor Establishes State GHG Emissions Target, Creates Climate Change Advisory Group

On October 5, 2006, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed an executive order launching a new global warming initiative and mandating a 6 percent cut in the state government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2010. The Governor also announced that Illinois will become the second state (after New Mexico) to join the Chicago Climate Exchange, a voluntary emissions trading market, and that the state will buy credits on the exchange should it fail to reach its emissions goals. The executive order directed the formation of a Climate Change Advisory Group to consider strategies and make recommendations on how the state can best reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Advisory Group, which includes scientists and representatives from business, industry, and the environmental community, must present its findings and recommendations to the Governor by June 30, 2007.

Press Release
Executive Order 11 (2006)
Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott Interviewed on Environment and Energy TV's OnPoint
Map of States with Climate Change Commissions and Advisory Groups