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September 21, 2020
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Today, the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) released its first ever Lifetime Environmental Scorecard debuting each sitting legislator’s lifetime average score of all votes cast on bills affecting the environment in the Illinois General Assembly over the course of their entire legislative career. Representative Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) has been honored with a perfect voting record.
“My voting record on environmental issues reflects where I stand on the importance of taking action on climate change; fighting for clean air and water; and protecting our open spaces,” said Representative Mary Edly-Allen. “I stand with the Illinois Environmental Council in making it a priority to protect our environment and the health and safety of the communities I represent in the General Assembly.”
Legislators in their first term were only scored on their votes in 2019, the first and only year they were able to vote on bills impacting the environment due to the disruption of the 2020 regular legislative session by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Representative Edly-Allen earned a 100% for their voting record on bills impacting the environment, using their power as a state legislator to protect and defend the people and environment in the district they represent,” said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling. “Representative Edly-Allen is an emerging environmental champion in the General Assembly, and the Illinois Environmental Council applauds their work protecting our environment in Illinois.”
A total of 64 state legislators received recognition for scoring 90% or higher over the course of their legislative careers. 21 legislators scored a perfect 100% in their first year of recorded votes. IEC releases its scorecard in late summer of each year.
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Illinois Environmental Council
Since 1975, the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) has worked to safeguard Illinois—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends by building power for people and the environment. Representing over 100 environmental organizations in the state, IEC carries out its mission to advance public policies that create healthy environments across Illinois through education, advocacy and movement building.