Roskam Calls on Blagojevich to Save Open Space “Roskam Friend of the Environment”

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Wheaton – Sixth District Congressional Candidate Senator Peter Roskam is calling for Governor Rod Blagojevich to preserve the environment and open space funding as budget negotiations continue in Springfield.

Wheaton Friday, April 21, 2006 -- Sixth District Congressional Candidate Senator Peter Roskam is calling for Governor Rod Blagojevich to preserve the environment and open space funding as budget negotiations continue in Springfield. In correspondence sent to the Governor on April 18th, Senator Peter Roskam sharply criticized Governor Blagojevich for cutting $6.9 million in previous years and proposing another $6.1 million this year alone. This correspondence is quite timely considering Saturday is recognized as Earth Day.

“When the OSLAD [Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development] program was targeted earlier I led a petition effort to highlight the public’s support for open space and land conservation,” Senator Peter Roskam said. “Open space is an important factor in suburban quality of life and OSLAD is integral to it.” Roskam was successful in restoring $25 million to the budget for OSLAD funding in part due to his petition effort.

Throughout his career, Roskam has been a consistent voice for preserving and promoting the environment. As a private citizen in 1989, Roskam was recognized by the media for his efforts in organizing a curbside recycling program in Wheaton that continues to this day. Roskam earned a 100% rating from the Illinois Environmental Council during the 93rd General Assembly. In receiving this award, Roskam was praised. The IEC is honored by Senator’s Roskam’s dedication to Illinois’ environment…, Jonathan Goldman, Illinois Environmental Council.” He has supported legislation prohibiting the use of mercury in classrooms to protect our children.

Opponents have used boilerplate talking points from Washington, D.C. in their ongoing negative campaign. However, this timely correspondence, his actions as a private citizen and his legislative record reinforces the fact that Roskam is a proven leader on issues important to 6th District communities. In recent weeks, the media has reported that local government officials have heard from citizens concerned about the environment and open space issues.

The Roskam Record – Environment

· Curbside Recycling Credit – As a private citizen, Peter Roskam was highlighted in a local newspaper with organizing a curbside recycling program for Wheaton that continues today (Wheaton Leader, May 3, 1989).

· Newspaper Recycling – Co-authored legislation prohibiting any newspaper to be designated as a state newspaper unless it has an annual recycling ability of 28% (H.B. 1341, 88th GA).

· Save Open Space – Co-authored a Senate resolution urging the Governor to continue funding for OSLAD in 2005 (S.R. 537, 93rd GA).

· Energy Efficient Standards – Supported legislation requiring all new and major rehab construction to meet energy efficient standards established by the Illinois Environmental Conservation Code (H.B. 4099, 93rd GA).

· Save Trails Fund – Opposed legislation that would have allowed Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Funding to be used for the construction of motorized recreational trails on state owned property, including parks (S.B. 2272, 93rd GA).

· Oppose Mercury in Classrooms – Supported legislation prohibiting schools from purchasing mercury in classrooms, bans mercury switches and provides for increased collection and recycling for mercury-added products (S.B. 2551, 93rd GA).

· Polluters to Pay Instead of Taxpayers – Supported legislation allowing the courts to order polluters to clean up environmental damage they cause instead of the taxpayers (SB 5823, 93rd GA).

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Ryan McLaughlin

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423 W. Wesley

Wheaton, IL 60187

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