Governor Pat Quinn on Monday received the endorsement of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club, which is made up of 30,000 citizens across Illinois working to protect and improve their communities and the environment, according to Fox 2 News of St. Louis. The endorsement adds to the growing momentum for the Governor’s re-election in 2014 and comes on the heels of a recent poll showing he is breaking away with an 11 point lead over his opponent embattled Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner.
The Rauner campaign was briefly buoyed by a poll released last month by Reboot Illinois, a news website, showed Governor Pat Quinn trailing Bruce Rauner, his Republican opponent by 14 points. At the time, Quinn referred to the Reboot Illinois poll as “phony-baloney.”
Governor Quinn was correct. Now, the news about the Sierra Club.
“I am honored to have the support of the committed women and men of the Sierra Club of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “Illinois is making a comeback and we have more work to do. I am committed to continuing to build a strong and green economy, creating more clean energy jobs, and ensuring that our environment is safe and healthy for the next generation.”
“Governor Quinn knows that protecting our environment is not only an important responsibility we all share, but also an effective way to create good jobs in the clean technologies of the future,” said Director of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club Jack Darrin. “There is a lot at stake in this election. His opponent wants to undo environmental regulations that may restrict the businesses that have made him millions. Governor Quinn doesn’t deny the science of climate change, but rather is seizing the opportunity to create jobs in renewable energy and conservation practices that make our air cleaner. Governor Quinn also knows that investing in clean water infrastructure protects our water supply and puts people to work. This is no time to turn back to policies of the past that would jeopardize that would jeopardize our health and miss opportunities in the clean energy economy.”
Since taking office in the worst recession since the Great Depression, Governor Quinn has fought to create jobs and build a brighter future for working families, driving unemployment down to its lowest point in six years. Quinn championed and signed into law the largest construction program in state history, supporting more than 400,000 jobs to update Illinois’ roads, schools and bridges.
Governor Quinn is committed to not only fostering green business growth, but also creating opportunities for Illinois workers and students to train for green jobs. He invested in expanding green educational training offerings throughout Illinois’ community college network to prepare for the jobs of the future. The Governor leveraged federal stimulus grants to create the Green Industry Business Development Program, which invests in Illinois businesses to help them grow, create jobs and boost the state’s green economy.
The Governor launched Illinois Jobs Now!, the greenest public works program in the nation, creating thousands of green jobs and making Illinois a leader in the new green economy. The program supports urban weatherization, critical mass transit, high-speed rail, state facilities construction and renovation (which includes new LEED buildings and energy efficiency upgrades), school construction (which require LEED silver certification), school energy efficiency grants, renewable fuels, vehicle electrification infrastructure, and fresh foods.
Quinn also launched a $1 billion Clean Water Initiative to overhaul Illinois’ aging water and sewer infrastructure, creating thousands of jobs and keeping water resources clean and safe.