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News Release | Illinois PIRG Education Fund | Public Health

New report: COVID-19 cases in nursing homes drop by 80 percent after mass vaccinations

Despite a sharp overall drop in coronavirus infections in nursing homes in recent months, hundreds of U.S. nursing homes that weathered 2020 without any COVID-19 cases have reported new cases since 2021 began. This happened even though the elderly were among the first to get COVID-19 vaccines during the initial rollout in mid-December, fueling an 83 percent drop in new cases in nursing homes nationwide by early February. In Illinois, new resident cases dropped by 89 percent. Illinois had the largest decrease in cases nationwide in the three weeks after mass vaccinations started in nursing homes nationwide, dropping by 60 percent from Dec. 20 to Jan. 10. 

News Release | Illinois PIRG

Coalition Formed to Fight ComEd's Automatic Rate Hikes

A new coalition of consumer and environmental advocacy organizations is calling on the Illinois legislature to adopt a utility accountability agenda that immediately ends the automatic rate hikes that have added more than $5 billion to ComEd’s coffers and raised delivery rates by 37 percent.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Panelists offer insights on how to pay for cleaning up toxic waste ‘Superfund’ sites

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice hosted a webinar panel discussion on Thursday to discuss the findings from U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s recently published “Superfund Underfunded: How taxpayers have been left with a toxic financial burden” report. The expert speakers highlighted the dangers posed by toxic waste “Superfund” sites, how climate change will make those sites more dangerous as well as U.S. PIRG’s new Make Polluters Pay campaign to speed up Superfund cleanups and alleviate costs for taxpayers.

News Release | Illinois PIRG

Coalition, legislators introduce legislation to rein in rapidly rising gas utility bills

A coalition of consumer, environmental, and community advocates along with legislative champions announced legislation today to end a gas utility surcharge contributing to higher heating bills across the state.

News Release | US PIRG

Statement: FDA plans to reduce toxic metal in baby food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday it will adopt a plan aimed at reducing toxic substances in food for babies and toddlers.

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