Illinois PIRG Latest Blog Posts

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R.J. Cross
Advocate, New Economy, PIRG; Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Smartphones and the Internet are incredible tools - but they come at a cost. Your data is often collected, sold and shared with a huge number of third party companies, often without you realizing it. Here's how to limit what data is collected on you and how it's used. 

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R.J. Cross
Advocate, New Economy, PIRG; Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

When we use free websites and apps, there's often cookies and other tracking technologies in the background harvesting huge amounts of data about who we are and what we do online. Virtually no laws rein in the companies behind these cookies, nor how they use and sell the info they collect.

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Emily Rogers
Zero Out Toxics, Advocate

U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) delivered more than 48,000 petition signatures to Columbia Sportswear CEO, calling for the company to phase out toxic PFAS from its supply chain by 2024.  

High gas prices are not going anywhere soon, thanks to the supply shocks from the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Some Americans might be able to switch to bikes or public transportation to avoid the worst of this crisis. But even for those in rural areas who cannot practically or safely make that switch, there are still alternatives.

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Lisa Frank
Vice President and D.C. Director, The Public Interest Network

Many communities were cut off by highway projects. A new program aims to help.