Governor Quinn honors 26 residents with Environmental Hero Awards
CHICAGO - December 30, 2008. Lt.
Governor Pat Quinn presented the 2008 Environmental Hero Awards to 26
individuals, schools and groups in recognition of their commitment to
environmental health and protection.
"The citizens here today are truly
environmental heroes," Quinn said. "I am proud to salute them for the
hard work they have done to show us that when it comes to making the
Land of Lincoln a cleaner, better place - we can all make a difference."
The 2008 Illinois Environmental Hero
Award recipients include local groups:
- Friends of
the Hennepin Canal worked to keep the Hennepin Canal Parkway State
Park open in Sheffield, Illinois, which is one of several parks that
were scheduled to close this year. The park is used everyday by many
people to bike, fish and camp. School groups, boy scouts and girl
scouts all use the park for recreation and educational purposes as
- The Better
Fishing Association of Northern Illinois worked to keep the Hennepin
Canal open and all other state parks that were threatened with
closure. Members worked on educating members of the public at
several events and passed petitions resulting in thousands of
signatures. The Better Fishing Association also worked on passing
local resolutions against park closures.
- The City of
Peru attained their 20-year hydroelectric power goal. The
hydroelectric power plant generates 58 percent of all residential
power to the city.
- Quad Cities
Conservation Alliance has been involved with eagle watching for 41
years. The Quad Cities Conservation Alliance works to educate the
public including community members and school groups about Bald
Eagles and their impact in Illinois.
To review a list of all recipients please visit: