Illinois PIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG State Director

Illinois’ moratorium on new nuclear power plant construction is sound policy that should be maintained. The United States has no long-term plan for the safe storage of nuclear waste, nuclear power is cost-prohibitive, and Illinois can better meet its long-term energy needs through 100% renewable energy.

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

 It’s time for Congress to enact a common-sense solution to bring down drug prices

Electric vehicle batteries can serve as a key source of storage for renewable energy. Zero-emission school buses are the perfect application

There is a lot of information out there about what the war in Ukraine means for U.S. energy and climate action. Here are the facts. 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

In a new report, we question whether “Buy Now Pay Later” plans make “no fees or interest!” claims that may not be true. We find that you might be billed for canceled or backordered items, but neither the merchant nor the BNPL provider may take responsibility. You can file a comment in the CFPB’s BNPL inquiry until March 25th. Get our BNPL tips.

Cover image: Courtesy iStock by B4LL, used under license

In 2021 and so far this year, we've seen a stream of children’s sleepwear recalls.

These short-term installment plans are filled with landmines. Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these "deals."