What We’re Up To Now ….
In February of 2016, Go Green Oak Park presented a petition, signed by over 600 residents, to the Oak Park Village Board. We asked them to take four actions to protect our community from the health effects of pesticides and toxic chemicals.
We thank the Trustees and Mayor Abu-Taleb for adopting one of our requests, a non-binding resolution calling upon the Illinois General Assembly to amend the Pesticide Act to remove the section which preempts municipal and county regulation of the use of pesticides. A similar resolution has also been adopted by the Evanston City Council, and we hope to get many more municipalities around the state to follow suit.
The purpose of these resolutions is to voice strong grassroots support for the return of Home Rule on matters of pesticide regulation. We are currently reaching out to organizations in communities across the state to join this chorus, and provide the following sets of documents for anyone who is willing to help in this effort.
The first “binder” is the basic information for becoming familiar with the preemption issue. You can browse the document below, or click here to download the document in PDF.