Mayors, local officials and experts are coordinating to advocate for strong electrification policies throughout Illinois

CHICAGO – Today, Illinois Clean Air Now (ICAN), a coalition of clean energy, health and transportation stakeholders announced that several mayors, county executives, small business owners, and other local leaders have joined the coalition to advocate for and promote beneficial electrification throughout Illinois.

“Electric transportation is an absolutely necessary component for Illinois in its pursuit towards a green energy economy,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “Not only will this reduce pollution in our cities, it will also create jobs throughout the state—especially for manufacturing hubs like Rockford.”

As the state takes steps to open up and rebuild its economy, ICAN’s efforts around electrification will help create new jobs and save costs for companies and consumers.

“In the Quad Cities, we’ve long pursued eco-friendly transit development, so we are glad to join other leaders from around Illinois to call for comprehensive, statewide policies around electrification,” said Jeffrey Nelson, General Manager of Quad Cities’ MetroLink. “The breadth of this coalition is a testament to how important this issue is to all Illinois constituencies.”

The members signing on to ICAN today join alongside clean transportation companies, electric vehicle manufacturers, statewide health organizations and advocates who recognize that now is the time to invest in a green economy and to make the state a more sustainable place for all Illinoisans.

ICAN welcomes the following members to the coalition:

  • Jim Ardis, Mayor, Peoria
  • Richard H. ‘Quijas’ Brunk, Chairman, Rock Island County Board
  • Nick Camlin, Township Clerk, South Rock Island
  • Chris Coulter, Vice President, Peoria Disposal Company
  • Pam Davidson, Chair, Knox County Board
  • Rod Davies, Mayor, Monmouth
  • James C. Dillion, Member, Peoria County Board
  • James R. Dillon, Mayor, West Peoria
  • Dave Geenen, Alderman, City of Rock Island
  • Andrew Heath, Vice President of Operations, Jupiter Machine Tool Inc.
  • Audra Hendrix, Member, Kendall County Board
  • Patrick Hoban, President & CEO, Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council
  • Larry Kerkstra, Member, Kankakee County Board
  • Chris Kious, Member, Kane County Board
  • Cynthia Klein-Banai, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Director of Sustainability, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Chris Koos, Mayor, Normal
  • Charles Lee, Mayor, Sterling
  • John McIntyre, Chairman, McLean County Board
  • McLean County Chamber of Commerce
  • Thomas McNamara, Mayor, Rockford
  • Jeff Nelson, General Manager, Quad Cities Metrolink
  • Michael Phelan, Mayor, Village of Peoria Heights
  • John Pritchard, Mayor, Galesburg
  • Andrew Rand, Chairman, Peoria County Board/CEO, Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois
  • Rob Reneau, Member, Peoria County Board
  • Tari Renner, Mayor, Bloomington
  • Tim Riggenbach, Councilman, Peoria City Council
  • Doug Roelfs, General Manager, Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink)
  • Sid Ruckriegel, City Councilmember At-Large, Peoria/Owner, SERVUS, Inc.
  • Ray Whitehead, Owner and CEO, Pegasus MFG Inc.
  • Clarence Wyatt, President, Monmouth College

As the state takes steps to rebuild its economy, ICAN’s efforts around electrification will create new jobs and save costs for companies and consumers. Other companies and nonprofits that wish to join ICAN can apply at