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Issue Position: Environment

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Throughout my life, I have been a consistent voice for preserving and promoting the environment. We all have to live and breathe the same air and drink the same water. We all want open space, vibrant wildlife and a healthy ecosystem. My dedication to the environment dates back to the 1980's when my wife and I organized a curbside recycling program in my hometown of Wheaton, one that continues to this day.

In my 13 years in the state legislature I have been a tireless advocate for the environment. Healthy communities and healthy families begin with a clean environment.

Environment Highlights

* Curbside Recycling Credit - As a private citizen, I was highlighted in a local newspaper with organizing a curbside recycling program for Wheaton that continues today.

* Save Open Space - I co-authored a Senate resolution urging the Governor to continue funding for open space in 2005 so our families and children can enjoy our natural resources.

* Oppose Mercury in Classrooms - I supported legislation prohibiting schools from purchasing mercury products for classrooms, bans mercury switches and provides for increased collection and recycling for mercury-added products.

Roskam earned a 100% rating from the Illinois Environmental Council

"The IEC is honored by Senator Roskam's dedication to Illinois' environment." Jonathan Goldman of the Illinois Environmental Council


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