City Council Expected To Declare Climate Emergency

Craig Dellimore
February 10, 2020 - 6:32 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago City Council is closer to declaring a climate crisis in the city.

The City Council's Environment Committee approved a resolution calling for action.

Most aldermen have signed on as co-sponsors of the measure. Environment Committee chair George Cardenas said extreme weather and local flooding have given the issue added weight.

Still, Northside Alderwoman Maria Hadden points out the city approved an action plan in 2008 -- and action seemed to slow to a crawl. She said Mayor Emanuel even dissolved the Department of the Environment, as if the topic was no longer important.

North Side Ald. Matt Martin, one of the lead co-sponsors, says—in fact—some plans are ready to go. The city will encourage the use of more electric vehicles and will partner with the state to get more "green alleys" to combat flooding. Electrifying the CTA's bus fleet is another goal.

The full City Council is expected to approve the emergency declaration next week.

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