A photo inside the Environmental Defense Fund “Illinois Warehouse Boom” report shows an aerial view of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. A warehouse sits alongside a residential area. (Courtesy of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization)

New bill would give Illinois EPA greater oversight

Black and Brown communities in Illinois are up to 200% more likely to live near a distribution warehouse than the overall statewide population, according to a new report by the Environmental Defense Fund on the state’s “warehouse boom.”

According to Cook County data, 35% of residents speak a language other than English at home, while 14% of those people say they speak English less than “very well.” Meanwhile, migrants continue arriving in Chicago with limited to no English-speaking skills and few resources.

(WTTW News)

Illinois legislators are heading into the holiday weekend with a to-do list that includes a major energy overhaul, ethics package and a new state budget.