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The Southern Illinoisan: Both sides of fracking debate plan next move
by Bekcy MalkovichThe Southern Illinoisan
March 30th, 2014
Residents in Johnson County, IL, are moving forward with next steps to protect their community from fracking through a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance.
The Southern Illinoisan: Johnson County Board receives draft 'bill of rights'
by Nick MarianoThe Southern Illinoisan
March 25th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, residents present a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance to County Commissioners to protect the community from fracking.
Fire Dog Lake: Illinois Fracking Ban Fails After Local Newspapers Refuse To Accept Ads Supporting It
by DS WrightFire Dog Lake
March 19th, 2014
A local media blackout against Community Rights in Johnson County, IL, affects ballot outcome.
The Southern: Johnson County fracking ban defeated
by Nick MarianoThe Southern
March 19th, 2014
With over $20,000 available to pro-fracking interests to defeat a non-binding referendum in support of a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, Johnson County residents voted it down. Community Rights supporters promise to move forward.
Southeast Missouri State University KRCU: Frack Ban Fails In Johnson County, Ill.
by Jacob McCleland Southeast Missouri State University KRCU
March 18th, 2014
Community Rights opponents in Johnson County, IL, claim a hollow victory when a media blackout kept out Community Rights advocates and the state Chamber of Commerce funded $23,000 of propaganda against them.
Aljazeera America: Illinois county to vote on fracking ban
by Renee LewisAljazeera America
March 17th, 2014
Residents in Johnson County, IL, vote tomorrow on a non-binding referendum to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking as a violation of their rights to health and safety.
EcoWatch: Fracking Industry Tries to Buy Democracy in Rural Illinois
by Will ReynoldsEcoWatch
March 16th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, community efforts urging their County Commissioners to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking provokes strong opposition from out-of-state interests, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and a local media blackout, attempting to muffle the voices of Community Rights supporters.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Rock-breaking oil technology splits an Illinois town on Election Day
by Kevin McDermottSt. Louis Post Dispatch
March 15th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance banning fracking face opposition from those with financial industry interests, and even a local media blackout.
The State Journal-Register: Primary referendum on fracking puts southern Illinois county in national spotlight
by Tim LandisThe State Journal-Register
March 15th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, residents vote on an advisory question Tuesday for a Community Bill of Rights. A "yes" vote is a call to their County Commissioners to adopt a Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking.
WKMS 91.3 FM Murray State University: Anti-Fracking Advocates Claim Media Ban in Johnson County
by John NullWKMS 91.3 FM
February 27th, 2014
Johnson Co, IL, residents supporting a Community Bill of Rights to ban fracking find local media refusing to print their rights-based position.
EcoWatch: FrackGate Comes to Illinois? Media Blackout on Fracking Vote
by Jeff BiggersEcoWatch
February 26th, 2014
As a local media blackout tries to silence Community Bill of Rights supporters in Johnson County, IL, residents dig deeper into grassroots organizing to protect their County from fracking.
Southeast Missouri State University KRCU: Fracking Debate Ignites In Johnson County [IL]
by Jacob McClelandSoutheast Missouri State University KRCU
February 19th, 2014
A Johnson County, IL, County Commissioner comes out against residents' Community Bill of Rights banning fracking.
The Southern Illinoisan: Fracking opponents want 'community bill of rights'
by Nick MarianoThe Southern Illinoisan
February 18th, 2014
Proponents of a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking in Johnson County, IL, gather at a forum to advance Community Rights and urge their County Commissioners to adopt the ordinance.
Midwest Energy News: Rural county to take Illinois fracking debate to the ballot box
by Kari Lydersen Midwest Energy News
February 16th, 2014
As growing numbers of municipalities across the country, including Colorado, adopt Community Bills of Rights ordinances banning fracking, Johnson County, IL, residents want a similar ordinance in their community to protect their health, safety, and welfare.
Midwest Energy News: Rural county to take Illinois fracking debate to the ballot box
by Kari Lydersen Midwest Energy News
January 17th, 2014
Johnson County, IL, residents take a strong stand against fracking as they continue organizing in support of a March referendum urging their County Commissioners to adopt a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, and effectively quash efforts to divert attention into a study committee.
The Southern Illinoisan: Fracking foes upset with county
by Nick MarianoThe Southern Illinoisan
January 8th, 2014
More than 1,000 residents of Johnson County, IL, signed a petition to place a referendum regarding a Community Bill of Rights ordinance to ban fracking on the ballot in March. Residents now face County Commissioners who may not follow the will of the people.
WPSD Local 6: County commissioner says community should prepare for fracking
by Kathryn DiGisiWPSD Local 6
January 7th, 2014
No longer taking a stand to follow the will of the people in adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking, a Johnson Co, IL, County Commissioner states the County should prepare for fracking to commence.
KRCU 90.9 FM: Can One Southern Illinois County Ban Fracking?
by Jacob McClelandKCRU 90.9 FM
December 18th, 2013
Johnson County, IL, residents submit over 1,000 signatures to put a Community Rights non-binding resolution on the ballot for 2014. The initiative is intended to guide County Commissioners in moving forward with a Community Rights Ordinance banning fracking.
The Southern Illinoisan: Fracking to appear on March ballot in Johnson County
by Becky MalkovichThe Southern Illinoisan
December 13th, 2013
In Johnson County, IL, a Community Rights advisory question in support of a fracking ban has been submitted for the March ballot with more than double the required number of signatures.
KRCU 90.9 FM: Fracking Goes to the Ballot Box in Johnson Co, ILL
by Jacob McCleland KRCU 90.9 FM
December 12th, 2013
Johnson Co, IL, residents will vote in March on a non-binding Community Rights measure to urge the County Commissioners to adopt a Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning fracking.
The Vienna Times: SIU to host one of three additional IDNR fracking hearings
by Joe Rehana The Vienna Times
November 21st, 2013
CELDF Illinois partner Community Rights Organizer Natalie Long works with Johnson County residents and local organizations to move forward with a Community Rights ballot initiative.
The Vienna Times: Commissioners take no vote on fracking referendum request
by Joe RehanaThe Vienna Times
November 8th, 2013
Southern Illinois group moving forward to gather signatures to place a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking on the ballot in Johnson County next year.
The Southern Illinoisan: Local control being petitioned: No fracking referendum in Johnson County, yet
by Nick MarianoThe Southern Illinoisan
November 5th, 2013
Community Rights begins in Illinois as Johnson County residents consider a Community Bill of Rights campaign to ban fracking.
Vienna Times: Opposition to fracking in Southern Illinois remains resilient
Vienna Times
October 24th, 2013
Johnson County, IL, begins to look at a Community Bill of Rights to ban shale gas drilling and fracking - a practice arriving in the state over the last year.
Press Release: Community Rights Organizer Sets Sights on Fracking in Southern Illinois
by Natalie LongCELDF
October 18th, 2013
CELDF's Illinois affiliate Community Rights Organizer Natalie Long moves forward to assist southern Illinois communities to protect themselves from shale gas drilling and fracking through Community Bills of Rights.